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Press Release #021116(11)-Vehicle Rollover Injures Several Teens

The San Angelo Police Department Traffic Division is continuing their investigation into a single-vehicle rollover crash that occurred on Bentwood Country Club property last night.
Officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of the W Loop 306 Frontage road around 9:00 p.m. for the report of a rollover crash with trapped occupants. Officers arrived to the dispatched area but did not initially locate the scene. Officers then located the involved vehicle, a silver 2004 Toyota 4 Runner, about three-tenths of a mile away on a maintained private road that runs north and south from the Loop 306 frontage road. The maintained road belongs to Bentwood Country Club.
The vehicle's driver, a 17-year-old male, was transported to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of incapacitating injuries. He is reported to have undergone extensive surgery and remains in intensive care. The front passenger, a 15-year-old male, was also transported to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of unknown incapacitating injuries. Two other male passengers, ages 15, were evaluated at the scene and later released to their guardians. Two additional male passengers, ages 15 and 16, were reported to have left the scene prior to first responders? arrival.
Evidence at the scene indicates the driver was operating the vehicle at an unsafe speed on the caliche road when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to roll multiple times before coming to rest on the vehicle's right side.
The driver appears to have been the only one wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash; however, police have not yet been able to speak with all of the passengers. One passenger was reported to have been traveling in the back cargo area, as this vehicle is designed to restrain five passengers. Another passenger was ejected from the front windshield.
Names are not being released at this time. This incident is still under investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available. Charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of the investigation.