By Deia de Brito
Four teens were taken to hospitals just before midnight Wednesday after a night of drug and alcohol use - and forgotten seat belts, Folsom police reported.
Officers arrived at the gated Hillcrest community to find two males and one female between the ages of 16 and 17 ejected from a crushed Ford Explorer. The unlicensed driver, a 17-year old male, was found gripping the steering wheel, his seat belt still on, when police arrived. He suffered minor injuries. Police say he was the only one wearing a seat belt.
The three passengers, on the other hand, were reported to be in serious conditions at 3:30 this morning.
Investigators found broken bottles of whiskey, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia along a slope where the vehicle rolled. Investigators said alcohol and possibly drugs had likely caused the accident.
The driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs causing serious injury and booked at the Sacramento Juvenile Hall.
Investigators said the sport-utility vehicle had been speeding north on Heritage Place when the driver swerved onto a sidewalk and lost control. The vehicle landed upright across after rolling northbound across empty lots parallel to the roadway.
All names are being withheld because the suspect and victims are minors.
Call The Bee's Deia de Brito, (916) 321-1087.
Photo courtesy of Folsom Police Department.