By Bill Lindelof
Six teens were in an SUV at the time the vehicle overturned last night, killing two girls just outside of Auburn, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The girls, ages 13 and 17, died when they were partially ejected from the sport utility vehicle at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The California Highway Patrol does not believe they were wearing seatbelts.
The teens were traveling southbound on Auburn Folsom Road just north of Less Lane when their sport-utility vehicle flipped, said CHP spokesman David Martinez.
The driver was 16 years old. Martinez said the driver should not have been at the wheel because he had a provisional license.
He said that everyone in the SUV was 17 or younger. Under a provisional license, in the first 12 months after receiving a license, the driver cannot transport passengers under 20 years of age unless a licensed adult age 25 years or older is in the car.
Martinez said the driver was traveling at a minimum of 45 mph. The driver made an unsafe turning movement, lost control of the 2002 white Chevrolet Tahoe and struck a guardrail.
The SUV then went over the guardrail and hit a fence before overturning onto its right side. The two girls sitting in the rear of the SUV were partially ejected and suffered fatal injuries.
The accident is still under investigation. Martinez said alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash.