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Crash kills teen, injures three more

STAFF WRITER

KRAMER JUNCTION • An Adelanto teen was killed and three other local teens were transported to trauma centers with major injuries following a crash on Highway 395 on Monday, authorities said.

A 2002 Infinity QX4 traveling northbound on 395, just north of Highway 58, turned to the right, left the roadway and overturned in the desert at approximately 3:55 p.m., California Highway Patrol spokesman Don Spiker said.

Tyjah Williams was sitting in the rear passenger seat and suffered major injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release from CHP.

Williams was 16 years old, according to her mother Lalona Porter.

A 15-year-old female sitting in the front passenger seat was the only person not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected in the collision, according to the release. She was flown to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center with major injuries, the release states. The 17-year-old driver was also airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center with major injuries.

A 17-year-old sitting in the rear passenger seat sustained major injuries and was transported to Ridgecrest Hospital, the release states.

Williams was from Adelanto, and all three of the victims who survived the crash are from Victorville, Spiker said.

Porter called the Desert Dispatch on Tuesday trying to get more information about her daughter’s death; she said she contacted one of the crash victims in the hospital and learned that the girls were on their way to Ridgecrest.

“I talked to the girl’s mom and she was just as upset as I am,” Porter said. “Why was this young girl driving all the way to Ridgecrest?”

Spiker said drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be a factor in the single-vehicle collision, and the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.


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