Victim of Fatal Crash Identified as American Canyon Teen

Tucker Welling, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene of Sunday morning's solo-vehicle collision on Wild Horse Valley Road that injured three passengers, California Highway Patrol Officer G. Garcia said

Updated Jan. 14: Welling's passengers were not all teenagers as originally reported: They are 17, 19 and 21. Please see CHP Identifies Survivors in Fatal Napa County Crash.


An American Canyon teen was killed when his car slammed into a tree on a rural east Napa County road early this morning.

The collision injured three other passengers, one critically.

Tucker Welling, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, California Highway Patrol Officer G. Garcia said.

About 1:35 a.m., Welling was driving a 2012 or 2013 Chevy Impala on Wild Horse Valley Road when he lost control, struck a fence and plowed into a tree, splitting the Impala in two, Garcia said.

Wellings' three passengers, all American Canyon residents, were taken by ambulance to Queen of the Valley Medical Center.

One of the victims was then airlifted to U.C. Davis Medical Center, in critical condition, Garcia said.

The names of the three passengers have not been released pending notification of the next of kin, he said.

As of this time, investigators do not know if alcohol or drugs played a part in the fatality, Garcia said.

“We suspect speed could be a factor,” he said.

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robert welling January 14, 2013 at 05:58 AM
the boys werent all 17 ma'am 1 of them was 19 and the other was 21 the 19 year old was the one sent to UC davis
robert welling January 14, 2013 at 06:00 AM
i miss him to
Veronica January 14, 2013 at 07:06 AM
@robert welling, how are you & Kelsey ? We miss you both so much we love you Robert&Kelsey so much grandma really wants talk you & Kelsey, anytime you want talk you can ask my mom on Facebook videochat (lilianavance), We all miss tucker so much& love him I jst still can't Appect tucker dead :( he was such great young man R.I.P.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau January 14, 2013 at 07:35 AM
Veronica, I have sent you an email. My condolences to your family.
Desiree January 14, 2013 at 08:32 AM
Sad so sad such a long life ahead of him . My condolences to the fam . May he look over his loved ones in help guide them threw this sad tradgedy in my prayers to the other who are in the hospital. God bless
CanadianinNapa January 14, 2013 at 03:34 PM
@robert Welling: Tucker was a great kid. My memories of him are with my own son at De Molay. The world could use more kids like him. God bless to you and our deepest sympathies.
Ryan Robles January 14, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Hey this is Ryan Robles th front passenger it was the dumbest thing ever we just where goin to fast and lost controle there was no drugs or anything like that involved so the cops need to b quiet the only thing that was an issue was speed and u know wat it sucks when your best friend dies in your arms
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 14, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Get well soon Ryan.
Johnny Tamayo January 14, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Ryan, it wasn't in your control... We all love Tucker, deceased, or living. What happened was a trajedy, but Ryan please don't blame yourself.... I know it's tuff, Tucker died right in your arms... Pass on his legacy with Robert, live for him, your mother, and every other important person to you... From one brother, to another, you me and Robert are brothers for life.. And this just makes it stronger.. - Johnny Tamayo
Veronica January 14, 2013 at 06:06 PM
@Unfiltered Steve Simoneau, Thank for sharing details it was very difficult read I just hope tucker didn't feel any pain I Love him & miss him truly he was best cousin ever, thank you keeping details private, it is hard time heal about this but Tucker in better place with welling&vance family
Veronica January 14, 2013 at 06:19 PM
@ryan Robles Dont blame your self what happen its very hard thing Appect what happen You are strong young man God Bless You stay strong, I'm one of tucker welling cousin he called my grandma every day how happy he was he finally got job I miss him so much We all miss him so much he was great young man but we have remember all good memories we had with tucker & that he's in such better place, R.I.P. Tucker welling
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau January 14, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Ryan, I am so sorry that you lost Tucker. You have learned one of the hardest lessons in life in the hardest way, I know that a young man like yourself couldn't possibly deserve that. I am really surprised to see anyone from that car alive, let alone posting on Patch just a day later. Ryan, you are here today and healthy for a reason. Become a great man that Tucker would be proud to call his best friend.
Hunter Mccard January 14, 2013 at 06:26 PM
he was such a smart kid had everything planed out for him but then one little thing called "death" messes this whole thing up he was gonna go and do big things in this world and he just got a new car and he was probably the nicest person you would ever meet and he would do whatever he could to help anyone who needed the help.
Jenni January 14, 2013 at 07:02 PM
This tragic accident happened at the end of my driveway on Wild Horse Valley Road. My heartfelt condolences to the Welling family and my wishes for a speedy recovery to those injured.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 15, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Ryan Robles Is asking the cops to shut up do we know why?
Ray Thornell January 15, 2013 at 01:20 AM
I tear up each time I have thoughts of Tucker
Rachael January 15, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Ryan, this is Mrs. W. from Murphy. Big hugs, lots of love and prayers your way. Your a great kid, well "guy" now....please know you are loved and people are here to sup port and help you in whatever you need. <<<Hugs>>>
Joanne January 15, 2013 at 02:00 AM
because he's a young guy who is hurting Michael. He really is saying it because drugs and alcohol were truly not a factor, it was caused by driving too dang fast, he isn't being rude or disrespectful, he wants his friends respected. I haven't talked to Ryan, but I know him very well and I know what he meant.
Caitlin Phillips January 15, 2013 at 03:56 AM
http://tuckerwelling.chipin.com/tucker-welling-memorial-fund Clicking this link will take you to a page set up for donations to Tucker's family to help with funeral costs and expenses. Anything would be greatly appreciated. My family and Tucker's were extremely close, I've known him since I was in diapers. I love him with all of my heart and I miss him every single minute. I want to do whatever I can do help his family.
Julie DeSoto January 15, 2013 at 05:40 AM
Not everything in life is a conspiracy Michael. Can you just give it a rest, and let these poor people get through this tragedy?
Tina January 15, 2013 at 06:10 AM
Hello Steve my name is Tina and I have known both these families for along time anything you have would greatly be appreciated thank you and my email address is tinamarino29@yahoo.com
Stacey Alas January 15, 2013 at 06:31 AM
We are very proud to have known Tucker. Our deepest sympathy to his family... he will be truly missed. Great guy and we will miss teasing him about cutting his hair! xoxo Stacey, Victor, Tomas & Milan
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau January 15, 2013 at 07:29 AM
Sorry Tina, out of respect to Tucker's memory I will only discuss this with his direct family if they ask. Sometimes the details are too much to digest after such a tragedy.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 15, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Julie I was responding to Ryan Robles comment. I am not sure I mentioned a conspiracy. As always this is a public news story, As always I have questions.
Janice January 15, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Ryan, Thank you so much for sharing something so personal and so hard. What a privelege to have been given the roll of holding your best friend as he passed from this life to the next. It is a comfort to hear that you were there with Tucker and I am sure that his Dad and family will also find comfort that Tucker was not alone when he died. God bless you Ryan and the others who were in the car. May you all recover physically from this but I know that life will never be the same without Tucker in it. I'm grateful that there are no fingers being pointed at anyone in particular and that you and many others will be able to grow and learn from this experience.
Deryck Wermig January 16, 2013 at 08:45 AM
I was lucky enough to spend Christmas with Tucker and his family, I was always very impressed by Tucker. One of the nicest kids I've ever met. There was just something very special about him. I will miss him.
Terry & Joseph Briggs January 17, 2013 at 05:38 AM
Tucker was an awesome young man. Always happy, smiling and huggable. He will be truly missed by Joseph & Terry Briggs. Our thoughts and prayers are will Dennis and his family. Ryan is Joseph's cousins kid and would like to say to Ryan we are glad you are alive and you will get through this with the help of God, Family and Friends. Everyone remember to keep faith. Be thankful every day we are given life.
Ronald L. Rolls January 17, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Tucker was a unique and sweet person. Our prayers to his girlfriend,family and many friends.
Dennis Welling January 23, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Hello Steve - This is Tucker Welling's father, Dennis Welling. I would greatly appreciate it if you could contact me 707-363-6438. I would like to retrieve any articles from the scene that may have belonged to my son. I can show you proof of my identity when we meet, and would appreciate you only communicating with me regarding my son. There have been people claiming to be family on the site that I do not know. Thank You Very Much
Chif McNerd June 14, 2013 at 02:40 PM
danggg, i remember doing german for 2 years with that guy, he was pretty smart but he never came to school; much respect to the man i saw him choke out Easten Breezy one time it was so funny. RIP to one mayne yokin' the pala' a lil too hard.


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