JUNE 25, 2009 - MANTECA — An 18-year-old woman died and four others were injured in an early morning
car accident today south of Manteca, the California Highway Patrol confirmed.
Officer Ramsey Zakhary said a 2006 Scion was eastbound on Mortensen Road
near South Airport Way, about five miles south of Highway 120 about 3:30
a.m. For reasons yet to be determined, it veered onto the dirt north shoulder,
then back across to the south shoulder and rolled several times. No one
in the car wore seat belts and all were ejected, Zakhary said.
"We do suspect alcohol and possibly drugs were involved," he said.
Investigators believe the 18-year-old killed was driving, Zakhary said.
Her passengers were all males ranging from their late teens to a 20-year-old.
The four survivors were transported to hospitals in Modesto and Stockton.
The severity of their injuries was not known, Zakhary said. The CHP impounded
the car as evidence.
The Record of Stockton said the woman killed was from Manteca. The residences
of the injured were not available.