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Deadly Teen Car Accident on San Diego's Route 52 is a Reminder to Teen Drivers Everywhere to Slow Down

Craig McClellan

Lately we've been writing a lot about teen driving safety. In fact, just yesterday we blogged about the percent of teenagers who receive serious head injuries in car accidents. And last week we wrote about how speeding at continues to be a problem that often leads to deadly accidents.

When you combine concerns with speeding with concerns about teen driving safety, you get a deadly combination. And, unfortunately, last night that deadly combination struck close to home on our own Route 52.

According to authorities, two cars filled with teenagers from East County were headed home from a beach party in La Jolla. At some point, the teens in the cars decided to race each other. As the speeding cars passed Convoy Street one of the cars hit a center median, causing it to flip several times before landing on its roof about 100 yards away.

Eyewitnesses told CHP that prior to the car accident, two cars had been racing down the road, zipping in and out of traffic, at speeds over 100 miles per hour.

Two of the teens in the car died in the accident, another two were critically injured and the driver was also sustained minor injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol. The two teenage boys that died (ages 16 and 18) were from Santee. Both had been sitting in the back seat of the car and were ejected as the car flipped.

Of the two teenagers seriously injured, one had also been sitting in the backseat but remained in the car, and the other was a passenger in the front seat. Both of the passengers (a 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy), as well as the driver, were taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital. The driver was treated for minor injuries.

The teenage passengers are both listed in critical condition. It has been reported that at least one of the teens sustained a serious brain injury. As we noted yesterday, it is very difficult for the brain to heal and serious head injuries usually have a significant life-long impact on those injured and their families. We can only begin to imagine what this family must be going through right now.

Wednesday night's accident was a tragic example of the needless loss of life that occurs when cars travel at high speeds. Our sympathies go out to the families of the teens involved in the accident. It is important for teen drivers everywhere to remember that while racing the car of a friend may seem like fun such actions can have fatal consequences. Please slow down and drive safely.

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune, " 2 Santee teens killed in high-speed crash; 3 others hurt," 4/5/12.