VACAVILLE — Two teenagers died and three sustained major injuries in a crash Saturday that authorities suspect involved alcohol.
A group of five teens were returning from Lake Berryessa when a 19-year-old’s Chevrolet pickup truck veered off Pleasants Valley Road and flipped several times, the California Highway Patrol reports.
All five occupants were ejected from the vehicle, which a witness said was traveling at a high rate of speed when it lost control at the curve south of Chester and Pleasant Hills Ranch roads, CHP reports. The truck ran off the east side of the roadway about 7:30 p.m. and rolled several times in a field.
The driver, who authorities determined was the owner of the lifted 1997 four-door Chevy with an extra cab, was pronounced dead at the scene with major head trauma. A 16-year-old girl with multiple injuries died a few hours later during surgery at Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center.
A CalSTAR helicopter transported a 16-year-old male with major head and internal injuries to U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Ground ambulance moved a 17-year-old female with a spinal fracture, right arm fracture, left ankle fracture and major abrasions to Kaiser Permanente in Vacaville. A CHP helicopter took an 18-year-old female with a fractured spine, ruptured spleen and collapsed lung to NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield.
The names of the crash victims were not released Sunday.
CHP said none of the occupants were wearing seat belts and that alcohol intoxication was suspected to be a contributing factor to the cause of the crash. A final determination will await toxicology results.
Authorities continued their investigation through Sunday morning. A CHP helicopter was called in to take overhead photos of the crash scene during daylight hours. The scene was cleared before noon.
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