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CHP Identifies Survivors in Fatal Napa County Crash

Monday, the CHP released the names of two of the three survivors of Sunday's collision that killed 18-year-old Tucker Welling of American Canyon. All four people in the car were wearing seatbelts, California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Ramos said.

The California Highway Patrol has released the names of the three passengers who survived a single-car crash on Wild Horse Valley Road that killed the driver.

Tucker Welling, 18, of American Canyon died when his newly-purchased Chevy Impala slammed into a tree about 1:35 a.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision

His three passengers, all from American Canyon, suffered moderate to major injuries, CHP Officer Jake Ramos said.

Thomas Pryor, 19, suffered critical injuries and was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center then airlifted to U.C. Davis Medical Center, CHP Officer G. Garcia said on Sunday.

A 17-year-old boy and Joseph Fowler, 21, suffered moderate injuries and were also transported to the Queen, Ramos said.

All four victims were wearing seatbelts, he said.

Welling was driving his Impala westbound on Wild Horse Valley Road in east Napa County when he lost control of the vehicle, hit a fence and then smashed into a tree, Garcia said.

The impact ripped the Impala into two pieces, with the front end bursting into flames while the rest of the car traveled about 100 yards down the road, according to firefighters who were first to arrive.

At this time CHP investigators do not know if alcohol or drugs played a part in the fatal crash, Garcia said.

“We suspect speed could be a factor,” he said. “The accident is under investigation.”

An autopsy of Welling is set for Tuesday, Napa Sheriff’s Capt. Tracey Stuart said this morning.

Earlier coverage: 

  • Victim of Fatal Crash Identified as American Canyon Teen

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Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 05:00 AM
"Napa Citizen," I am not approving any of your accusatory comments aimed at the victims of this crash: If you want to point the finger of blame at others, you can't expect to hide behind your own fake identity.
sheena January 15, 2013 at 04:35 PM
I would like to share this on my Facebook page... I have a few young adults including my 16 yo who can't wait to drive. They need tp see the seriousness of driving... Not like tv and video games shows how "fun" driving is!
Joanne January 15, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Thank you Louisa for protecting our families
Minnie's Mom January 16, 2013 at 02:27 AM
I don't read that anyone is placing blame. In all the articles I have read, they state that they were all wearing seat belts & that drugs & alcohol do not appear to have played a part. I am thrilled that they all had on seat belts!!!!
Minnie's Mom January 16, 2013 at 10:33 PM
I see where some people are posting that kids use the dips in the road & speed in this spot! Maybe this will help now to deter this and also why can't Napa or the state fix this road like they fixed Lake Herman Road? This is necessary! Sorry for your loss.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 16, 2013 at 11:24 PM
louisa Are you leaving Napa patch?
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 16, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Only as editor - I'll still be commenting and contributing from time to time, because Napa will always be in my heart. New NVP editor Keri Brenner starts Feb. 1 as I set out to drive East and become editor of Martha's Vineyard Patch, on the island where I grew up.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 16, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Oh so we can pester you overthere:)
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Absolutely! The more the merrier. 8)
Carol Malito January 19, 2013 at 03:16 PM
To Dennis and family my prayers are with you all, god needed another angel blessings on you so so sorry for your loss, I use to baby sit your sister judy and the twins, our parents where friends Bev and Al,I know they will take this child into their arms Carol Cookie Burns Malito
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 19, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Any updates on the crash?
Jennifer January 23, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Tommy Pryor is still in critical condition. He is my cousin. We continue to pray for him as he goes through surgeries and remains in a coma.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 03:36 AM
Best, best get-well wishes and prayers for him and thanks to you, Jennifer, for the update. What a nightmare for your families.

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