Hughson teen killed in crash on Tuolumne County dirt road

06/30/2014 1:41 PM

06/30/2014 5:53 PM

A Hughson teenager was killed and his passenger injured when they crashed on a dirt road driving to their campsite in an isolated area of Tuolumne County on Sunday night.

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

The 18-year-old driver for unknown reasons veered to the right side of the road and struck a rock, causing his Jeep Wrangler to overturn.

As the vehicle rolled, the driver and his 17-year-old passenger, Dallas Casqueira, were ejected. Neither of them were wearing seat belts, Bruce said.

The Jeep continued to roll and landed on top of the driver before coming to rest on its side.

Casqueira, also of Hughson, suffered moderate injuries but was able to walk to the nearest cabin to ask for help.

Emergency crews tried to revive the driver, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity was not released Monday.

Officers are investigating whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

Bruce said there are many off-road trails in the area the crash occurred.

On the same road Friday afternoon, a 36-year-old Manteca man suffered major injuries when he crashed his all-terrain vehicle after hitting ruts in the road.

John Patrick Kelly was wearing a helmet when the crash occurred but suffered serious internal injuries and had to be taken by helicopter to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.

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