Single-vehicle rollover injures multiple teenagers

San Angelo Police DepartmentSan Angelo Police Department
A single-vehicle rollover crash that injured several teenagers on the 1700 block of West Loop 306 Frontage Road Wednesday night continues to be under investigation.

Officers were dispatched at approximately 9 p.m. on a report of a rollover crash with trapped occupants.

When they arrived, officers did not initially locate the scene. They then located the involved vehicle, a silver 2004 Toyota 4Runner, about three-10ths of a mile away on a maintained private road that runs north and south from the frontage road. The maintained road belongs to Bentwood Country Club.

The 17-year-old male driver was transported to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of incapacitating injuries. He reportedly underwent extensive surgery and remains in intensive care.

The front passenger, a 15-year-old male, was also transported to Shannon by ambulance for treatment of unknown incapacitating injuries.

Two other 15-year old male passengers were evaluated at the scene and later released to their guardians. Two additional male passengers, ages 15 and 16, reportedly left the scene prior to first responders’ arrival.

Evidence at the scene indicates the driver was operating the vehicle at an unsafe speed on the caliche road when he lost control, causing the vehicle to roll multiple times before coming to rest on it’s right side.
The driver appears to have been the only one wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash; however, police have not yet been able to speak with all of the passengers.
One passenger was reported to have been traveling in the back cargo area, as this vehicle is designed to restrain five passengers. Another passenger was ejected from the front windshield.
Names are not being released at this time.
The incident  remains under investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available. Charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of the investigation.