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Joyride leaves teen critical, 15-year-old driver in custody

April 30, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

A joyride in a reported stolen car ended with four Imperial residents suffering injuries when the driver of the car, a 15-year-old boy, flipped the vehicle Friday west of El Centro.

The accident occurred about 4 a.m. on Haskell Road north of Havens Road.

According to a California Highway Patrol report, the 15-year-old was driving a stolen vehicle north of Haskell nearing Havens at a speed of 55 mph.

Highway Patrol officials stated in a press release the boy was an inexperienced driver and was unfamiliar with the road. Haskell becomes a dirt road beyond Havens.

The boy overcorrected and hit the car's brakes, causing the car to turn left, drive up a dirt embankment and strike a cement ditch.


The car rolled and came to rest on its wheels, partially on both a dirt access road and the cement ditch.

According to the Highway Patrol, during the investigation it was determined the car had been stolen earlier in the night.

The driver was arrested and booked into juvenile hall. He was not injured in the accident. However, all his passengers were injured in the accident.

Marcos Dominguez, 15, suffered major injuries. He was taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center and later moved to University of California San Diego Medical Center. He was listed in critical condition with head injuries there this morning.

Eric Basurto, 26, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. Information on his condition was unavailable.

Juan Gonzalez, 18, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the El Centro hospital. Information on his condition was unavailable.

Cory Garcia, 18, suffered minor injuries. He told medical crews he would seek his own aid.

There were no reports of any other arrests in the case.

Highway Patrol spokesman Roland Pritchard said he could not release more details on the 15-year-old boy arrested nor on the stolen vehicle investigation.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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