Teen injured in rollover crash near Arroyo Grande High School

mfountain@thetribunenews.comMarch 11, 2014 

An Arroyo Grande High School student was injured in a vehicle rollover off Fair Oaks Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

Five Cities Fire Authority said the accident appears to be a case of texting while driving.

As of 2 p.m., officers from the Arroyo Grande Police Department remained on scene investigating the incident.

Emergency crews from Five Cities Fire responded to a call from a battalion chief who was driving west on Fair Oaks Avenue when he came upon the crash. The teen's car had left the roadway just west of the Fair Oaks/Valley Road intersection and landed in a planted field, according to a news release.

A witness reported that the vehicle left the roadway at a high rate of speed and flipped several times before coming to rest in the field.

Emergency personnel provided medical attention to the driver until medics from San Luis Ambulance arrived on scene and took him to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital.

Initial reports indicated the vehicle had a lone occupant, a 17-year-old male high school student, who has not been identified. Although he did report some injuries, he was able to exit the vehicle on his own.

The crash left a large amount of debris in the field; both front wheels were sheared off, and a back wheel and a spare tire were flung from the car and came to rest more than 100 yards away from the roadway.

As of early Tuesday afternoon, the driver’s medical condition was not known.

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