Teen killed in rollover crash east of Santa Maria

Posted at 1:10 PM, Aug 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-03 16:10:58-04

A Santa Maria teen was killed and her sister injured in a rollover crash east of Santa Maria Thursday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officers tell KSBY the exact time of the crash is unknown.

CHP logs show the first 911 call came in shortly before 7 p.m. The crash site was located about two miles off the road in the area of Autumn and Tepusquet roads. CHP says there is no cell phone reception in the area.

The girls’ father reportedly flagged down an ambulance in the area of Telephone and Betteravia Roads and alerted emergency personnel of the crash.

Officers were unsure how the father arrived at the crash site initially but said he does work in the area and his daughters were reportedly on their way to pick him up. 

Officers say neither girl was wearing a seatbelt and both were ejected in the rollover crash, which left the mid-sized SUV with only minor damage.

Both were taken to the hospital. The driver, 20, suffered major injuries but is expected to survive, according to CHP. Her 16-year-old sister, the passenger, died at the hospital. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation but officers say neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected to be contributing factors.