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One boy remains in critical condition, another in juvenile hall following joyride crash

May 01, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

A 15-year-old Imperial boy remained in critical condition today in University of California San Diego Medical Center five days after the youth was injured when the reportedly stolen car he was in flipped.

Meanwhile, the 15-year-old boy alleged to have been driving the car remained in juvenile hall this morning.

However, Mike Kelley, county chief probation officer, said the boy could be released today to family unless a number of things happen to keep the boy in custody.

The incident involved a joyride gone bad.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a group of five Imperial residents ranging in age from 15 to 26 were driving in a stolen car around 4 a.m. Friday.

As the driver was heading north on Haskell Road west of El Centro, he lost control of the vehicle when the paved road turned to dirt beyond Havens Road.


The car flipped and everyone in the vehicle suffered injuries except for the 15-year-old youth thought to be the driver.

The Highway Patrol press release states the driver was the only one in the car wearing a seat belt.

Most of the injuries were minor to moderate.

However, 15-year-old Marcos Dominguez suffered major head injuries. He was first taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center, and then to UCSD Medical Center.

Hospital officials there would release no other information on his condition or his injuries.

Kelley said he had yet to receive a report on the incident from the Highway Patrol. He said until that report is received, he cannot seek a complaint against the youth from the District Attorney's Office.

He said if he does not receive the report today, and then file for the complaint and have the D.A. set charges, the youth could be released today.

He also said a detention hearing needs to be conducted today to keep the teen in custody.

Kelley said any complaint filed likely would be on auto theft charges. He said it would be up to the D.A. to decide whether to file any other charges.

Kelley declined to release much detail about the incident.

He could not say whether the youth had a driver's license or a permit to drive. He also could not say to whom the reportedly stolen car belonged.

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

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