Teen dies after SUV rolls, catches fire on Hwy. 101 in Paso Robles

SUV driver lost control for unknown reasons; two passengers, 6 and 15, had minor injuries

slinn@thetribunenews.comNovember 11, 2013 

An SUV rolled and caught fire Monday on northbound Highway 101 in Paso Robles. A 19-year-old woman died in the crash.


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A Paso Robles woman, 19, was killed Monday afternoon when the SUV she was driving rolled over several times, then caught on fire, the CHP said. 

“It was a mess,” said CHP Sgt. Frank Packard, based in Templeton.

The single-car crash took place in Paso Robles about 4:08 p.m. on Highway 101 just north of the Highway 46 West on-ramp, Packard said.

Packard said the Ford Explorer was traveling north on Highway 101 when the driver lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons.

Packard said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Two passengers — the driver’s brothers, who also live in Paso Robles — suffered relatively minor injuries in the crash, Packard said.

One brother, 6, was in a car seat in the middle rear of the vehicle, while his 15-year-old brother, seated on the right front side, was wearing a seatbelt, Packard said.

Packard said it was unclear whether the driver was wearing a seatbelt.

Authorities don’t yet know the cause of the incident, Packard said, adding that the driver didn’t appear to be driving at an excessive speed.

Following the crash, traffic was backed up until about 7 p.m., resulting in one or two noninjury collisions, Packard said.

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