Memorial services for 17-year-old Robert Orlando, a San Ramon Valley High student killed when the car he was riding in crashed on the eve of his senior year, will be held Tuesday in San Ramon.

Orlando family friend Richard Hein, serving as the Danville family's spokesman, said the service would take place at 3 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., and will be open to the public.

The family was doing its best to cope with the loss, Hein said Wednesday. "Some of the poison has been squeezed out," Hein said. "It's still minute-to-minute, but they do feel better."

Orlando died and his two friends were injured about 8:50 p.m. Monday, when their car crashed while returning from a fishing trip. Orlando was a passenger in the white, compact car, which apparently spun out on El Capitan Drive near Claridge Drive and hit a tree. The driver of the vehicle and the other passenger, both 17, have not been identified and were taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

Their injuries are not considered life-threatening, Danville Police Chief Steve Simpkins said. The driver suffered broken ribs, and the passenger had a broken leg, police said.


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Simpkins said police are investigating several aspects of the crash, including how the wreck took place and whether passengers were allowed to be in the driver's car. Drivers under 18 may not have passengers in a vehicle unless they've had a driver's license for more than a year, according to Department of Motor Vehicles.

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