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CHP: 2 teens dead in rollover crash

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Emergency responders investigate the scene of a single-vehicle rollover crash that killed two teenagers Saturday night in rural Vacaville. The truck was heading south on Pleasants Valley Road when it crashed into a field. (Adrienne Harris/Daily Republic)

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From page A1 | April 07, 2014 |

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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Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.
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  • CD BrooksApril 07, 2014 - 6:12 am

    Hmm, apologies in advance for duplicate posts...There is information that alcohol might have been involved in this accident. But few of us can say “we never did that” when we were teenagers. Many of us didn’t have seat belts in our cars or use them if we did for that matter so we were just lucky, period. And so they might have been drinking, but none of these kids were belted in! We all feel bad for the kids. We sympathize with the family and friends and we hope for recovery. But now is not the time to simply sit back. Take this tragedy and keep the message going. The warnings cannot be strong enough said too loudly or too often. This is a seatbelt message I wrote several years ago. There was an accident in 2000 involving a famous football star (Derrick Thomas LB/DE for Kansas City). He had two passengers with him, the conditions were slick, and they went off the road. Thomas broke his back and later, died from his injuries. One of the passengers died at the scene. The third person escaped uninjured. Why? This passenger was wearing his seat belt! You go to the grocery store and buy eggs. You cringe when the clerk kinda tosses the carton in a bag and sets them in the cart. You very deliberately load them into your car in a spot where you are certain they will be okay. You hop in the car and zoom off towards home not a care in the world, your seat belt dangling by your side. You pull out into the roadway some jerk broadsides you and sends you careening into a pole where you are thrown from the vehicle and killed instantly. Your eggs meanwhile, nice and comfy in their secure environment, are safe from harm. They’re saved YOU got scrambled! The message is clear like JT said, scraped and banged up but not dead. We are hearing too many stories about people dying needlessly today and this should not happen! Please folks this is a simple and required rule in driver safety. Wear ‘em.

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  • MDSApril 07, 2014 - 12:57 pm

    I used to never wear a seatbelt and I was opposed to the seatbelt law. But when it became the law I was a good driver and I started to comply. It really only took a couple of months before it became second nature and now if I ever tried driving without having it on, it just feels uncomfortable. I even put it on when I'm just backing the car out of the garage into the driveway. I don't think to do that, it just happens that when I sit in the seat I fasten the belt. Many thousands of people have died or been seriously injured just because of not wearing the belt. And although I still don't like these types of laws, this one did work for me. One thing you'll never read about me is that I died in a car crash because I didn't have my seatbelt on.

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  • NLApril 07, 2014 - 9:20 am

    Prayers for all the families involved.

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