Authorities reveal name of Hughson teen killed in Tuolumne County crash

Bee Staff ReportsJuly 2, 2014 

Authorities have released the name of a Hughson teenager who died Sunday night after his vehicle overturned in a rural area of Tuolumne County.

Joseph Austin Estevam, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency crews tried to revive him, according to the California Highway Patrol. Dallas Casqueira, 17, also of Hughson, was the only passenger in the vehicle and suffered moderate injuries, reporting pain in his neck and back.

They were heading north in a 1994 Jeep Wrangler.

The crash occurred about 10:30 p.m. on Forest Route 5N01, a dirt road east of the town of Strawberry and south of Highway 108. The teenagers were heading back to their campsite after spending the day at Relief Reservoir.

CHP Officer Ken Bruce said Estevam veered to the right side of the road and struck a rock, causing the Jeep to overturn. As the vehicle rolled, the driver and the passenger were ejected. Neither of them was wearing a seat belt.

The Jeep continued to roll and landed on top of the driver, Estevam, before coming to rest on its side. Casqueira was able to walk to the nearest cabin to ask for help.

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