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CHP: 1 Dead, 3 Hurt in Napa County Crash

The cause of the early-morning solo collision on Wild Horse Valley Road is under investigation, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Updated 10:15 a.m.: The victim has been identified by the CHP as 18-year-old Tucker Welling of American Canyon.

By Bay City News Service

One person was killed and three others were hospitalized after a solo car crash in unincorporated Napa County this morning, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

Officers responded to a report of a car crash in the 5100 block of Wild Horse Valley Road around 1:40 a.m., Officer Eric Anderson said.

The car overturned, injuring all four passengers inside, Anderson said.

One person, whose gender and age is unknown, was pronounced dead at the scene, the officer said.

The other three occupants were transported to a hospital, Anderson said.

Anderson said the extent of their injuries, and details of what caused the crash, is unknown.

The crash is under investigation. Click "Keep me posted" for automatic updates when more information becomes available.

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Cole Armstrong January 13, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Ouch....gender and age of the dead person unknown? Sounds really bad...
sandi January 13, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Makes me worry....
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 13, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Marsha is working on a follow-up report with more details as they become available.
Cathy Gumina Odom January 13, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Thanks for update.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 13, 2013 at 06:26 PM
The driver who died was an 18-year-old and the three survivors are all 17. CHP has released his name but not theirs: http://patch.com/A-1cGn
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 13, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Out joyriding 2am? We all did it at 18 That road sucked back then. I am sure it is no better now. I hope the survivors get well soon. This county has lost many young, over the 25yrs I have been here to car wrecks.
Paul Hubbard January 13, 2013 at 06:45 PM
It's beyond sad when a young one loses a life, so much still ahead of them is lost. Prayers to the family and friends of the lost and injured.
Marsha De La Torre January 13, 2013 at 07:43 PM
RIP Tucker. Tommy ,we are praying for u.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 13, 2013 at 07:59 PM
The CHP will regularly dismiss, the use of drugs or alcohol as the cause of a crash. Has this policy changed? I noticed that the last few crashes, this has not been done.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 13, 2013 at 09:07 PM
The CHP is saying the car was split in half. High speed was a factor.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 13, 2013 at 09:09 PM
That information is included in the follow-up story we ran earlier today: http://patch.com/A-1cGn
Kevin January 14, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Tucker was the brightest young man whose heart was as pure as gold.We love you and miss you.I learned so much from him.
robert welling January 14, 2013 at 04:39 AM
ik Kevin i miss him a lot
Larry Cereghino January 14, 2013 at 05:01 AM
No matter how many times we talk to the young kids,on how to be safe while driving..from even taking what is left of wreck on the back Of a tow truck to school for the kids to see..they think-its not going to happen to me. I remmeber such a day,,we were driving down 2nd ave..a car tried to pass-came right at us..my friend charlie tried to over correct and we flipped side to side..Im here to say we are both alive... Who knows what those kids were doing out at 200am..we need a curfew in napa for any one under the age of 21..unless we already have one... All parents should call thier kids at 10:00pm..and see where they are... safe at home is better than a car wreck at 200am
Angela Gutierrez January 14, 2013 at 05:08 AM
May God be with the Welling Family during this hard time. The Gutierrez Family
Angela Gutierrez January 14, 2013 at 05:08 AM
May God be with the Welling Family during this hard time. The Gutierrez Family
Michi January 14, 2013 at 03:39 PM
I couldn't believe Tucker died... I couldn't believe it.. Then my mom showed me this and it hit me so hard... I just lost it.. I know it's not my place to say this here, but I loved him as a friend and he brought me joy. Everyday back when I was in highschool, he would start my day off with a warm smile and a hug... And to think, I can't see his wonderful smile or get a hug from him anymore.... It hurts... I hope his passenger get better soon...
Jamie Clemons January 24, 2013 at 06:11 AM
I heard that there as a curfew for anyone under age of 18, was 10pm..

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