VACAVILLE — A makeshift memorial continued to grow in memory of two Vacaville teens who died Saturday night after a pickup truck veered off Pleasants Valley Road and flipped several times.
Christie Brinsley, 16, died at the hospital after the crash. A red wooden cross bearing her name stands among scattered debris in a dirt field. A silver cross, with the name Gilbert, stands next to it for Gilberto Guzman, the 19-year-old driver who died at the scene.
About six vehicles were parked near the site Monday afternoon. One young woman, too distraught to talk, approached the cross for Brinsley and placed a scarf on it.
George Shimboff, a Vacaville High School senior, said he knew all who were in the truck. Three were transported to area hospitals. All five were ejected from the pickup. He said he had been to see some of those hospitalized.
“They were good people,” he said.
It was his first time visiting the site. He planned to return later to add to the makeshift memorial.
A group of three young people walked through the field. They said they also knew all these involved but were too emotional to talk.
At Vacaville High School, guidance counselors, youth service officers and additional psychologists were available for students who wanted to talk. Brinsley and one of the injured students both attended Vacaville High School. One went to Vanden High School, the other to Will C. Wood High School, Shimboff said.
“The counseling staff is equipped to help them through this,” said Ed Santopadre, Vacaville High School’s principal.
Some of the teachers were also using the services of the counseling staff, he said.
Santopadre said students were also telling the counselors who they thought might need to talk. He expected all the extra help to be on hand through the end of the week. He said some of the teen’s friends didn’t show up Monday and he wants them to have access to counselors.
Injured were 16-year-old Anthony Markham, 17-year-old Amber Shryack and 18-year-old Samantha King, all of Vacaville, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The CHP did not give the condition of the three survivors. But it previously reported that Shryack was taken by ambulance to Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center with a spinal fracture, right arm fracture, left ankle fracture and major abrasions; Markham to U.C. Davis Medical Center by CalSTAR helicopter with major head and internal injuries; and King was taken by CHP helicopter to NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield with a fractured spine, ruptured spleen and collapsed lung.
The crash happened at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses said the pickup had been traveling at a high speed and lost control at the curve south of Chester and Pleasant Hills Ranch Road, according to the CHP.
None of the occupants had seat belts on. The CHP reported that alcohol intoxication could have been a contributing factor to the crash, but will make no determination until toxicology reports are finished.
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