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Teen dies in rural Vacaville crash

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From page A3 | January 03, 2014 | 8 Comments

VACAVILLE — A Thursday morning crash on a rural road near Vacaville left one teen dead and the other with major injuries.

A 16-year-old Vacaville teen was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer sports utility vehicle at a high rate of speed eastbound on Fry Road, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Chris Linehan said. He estimated the speed at more than 100 mph.

“It’s a straight roadway, but he was traveling really fast and lost control of his vehicle,” Linehan said.

The 11:30 a.m. crash saw the vehicle hit and sever a power pole, launch over a roadside ditch about 20 feet wide and roll over several times in a field, Linehan said. The driver crawled out of the vehicle. The teenage passenger was pinned inside the vehicle and died because of the impact, he said.

No drugs or alcohol were involved, Linehan said. The driver was taken by ambulance to the Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center.

The Solano County Coroner’s Office did not release the name of the deceased on Thursday afternoon pending family notification.

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Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
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  • Christine in FFJanuary 02, 2014 - 9:54 pm

    This should never have happened and that young kid shouldn't have lost his life! What a senseless shame!

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  • The MisterJanuary 03, 2014 - 7:32 am

    Agreed, Christine. What's your solution? Arrest the parents? Pass some more laws?

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  • Christine in FFJanuary 03, 2014 - 9:27 am

    The Mister, I don't know what a 'solution' would be. Maybe pay attention to your kids and obey/respect the laws already in place? That would be a start I guess.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 03, 2014 - 6:07 am

    Tragic. Those back roads are easy to speed on but they are narrow and uneven. Youth, speed and inexperience, bad combination. Condolences to family and friends.

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  • RalphJanuary 03, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    It is so so so sad. You never get over this. What we as adults need to do is find an interest that the child is interested in. NOT ALL kids are interested in baseball, football, etc. Some want to drag race but unfortunately end up street racing and get hurt or hurt someone else. We need to listen and participate in what the children WANT to do...... So sorry for the family.

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  • Common SenseJanuary 03, 2014 - 5:40 pm

    Ralph, you think this kid was racing? At 11:30 in the morning? Highly unlikely. Unless he couldn't read the signs posted 55mph, this is a perfect example of complete and total ignorance of the law. Inexperience has nothing to do with it. I don't feel sorry for the driver that survived one bit. He has to live with the poor choice he made. You reap what you sow.

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  • AnonymouisJanuary 03, 2014 - 4:06 pm

    I knew the kid who died. His name was Alex...also known by his friends as "Big Nasty". R.I.P we'll miss you!

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  • NOPE.January 04, 2014 - 12:51 am

    My father seen the whole thing. He is devastated. He said he seen them pass him smiling and such. It happened in front of him. He ran to help. He crawled into the vehicle to try to help the kid who passed. But it was too late. We are all distraught over it. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the boys.

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