A 17-year-old Encino girl died about 8:50 a.m. today after being partially ejected from a Jeep as it drove off Highway 1 into a steep embankment and rolled several times in front of Cuesta College. Her name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The accident was caused by an unintentional, “unsafe turning movement” by driver Sanam Azemoon of Calabasas, CHP Sgt. Danny Koetsier said. As driver Azemoon, 19, passed Education Drive near the Cuesta College campus, she allowed the car to travel to the right and leave the roadway. Police do not suspect alcohol or drug use contributed to the crash.
The 2012 Jeep Wrangler was southbound from Big Sur down Highway 1 this morning with five occupants when the crash occurred. The three rear passengers were not wearing seatbelts, according to Koetsier. The deceased was riding in the rear, and she died of blunt force trauma when she was partially ejected, Koetsier said.
The other occupants, including the 19-year-old driver, were injured and taken by ambulance to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. Passenger William Brabender, 19, of Woodland Hills suffered injuries when he was fully ejected from the vehicle.
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Passenger Eric Shaffer, 19, of Encino suffered minor injuries as he was possibly ejected, the CHP said. The fifth passenger, a 17-year-old whose name is being withheld because he is a juvenile, remained in the vehicle and suffered minor injuries.
All were treated and released.