Six Hurt in Head-On Crash, Driver was 15

CORRECTED: The unlicensed driver stayed with the vehicle; a 15-year-old girl passenger fled the scene. A total of seven people were riding in the five-seat Honda Civic when it crashed into a tree just outside town last night.

Correction, 10:15 a.m. Thursday: Bay City News originally reported incorrectly that the driver fled the scene. The CHP confirmed this morning that the driver remained with the vehicle until she was taken to the hospital with five injured passengers. The 15-year-old girl who fled was a front-seat passenger, according to the CHP.

The 15-year-old driver, who was wearing a seatbelt in the crash, suffered minor injuries, according to the CHP's news release on the collision (attached).

Among her passengers, all Napa residents, a 16-year-old boy and 19-year-old Alejandro Garcia suffered moderate injuries.

Nineteen-year-old Daniel Herrera and two other boys aged 15 and 14 were hospitalized with major injuries.

None of the injured passengers was wearing a seat belt, according to the CHP.

Earlier: A packed car driven by a 15-year-old girl struck a tree just outside of Napa on Wednesday night, sending its teenage occupants to the hospital, according to the .

The girl was driving a 1992 Honda Civic north on Buhman Avenue just south of Congress Valley Road with a total of seven people in the five-seat car, CHP officials said.

She was speeding and lost control of the car on a curve in the road, crashing head-on into a tree, according to the CHP.

All of the car's occupants were transported to except for a 15-year-old female passenger, who fled the scene.

Three of the car's occupants -- a 19-year-old, a 15-year-old and a 14-year-old, all male residents of Napa -- suffered major injuries.

No one was arrested in the crash, and alcohol was not a factor, CHP officials said.

By Bay City News Service.

Dan Ross April 19, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Thanks, Louisa, for this story and the update from CHP


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