California Highway Patrol. Photo by Chris Stone
A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

A 16-year-old girl died Friday when the SUV she was riding in crashed on northbound Interstate 5 near Old Town.

The driver of the Nissan sport utility vehicle, a 53-year-old Kansas woman, lost control for unknown reasons at about 1:45 p.m. south of Rosecrans Street, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The SUV veered off the freeway and overturned, ejecting the teenager, CHP public affairs Officer Jesse Matias said. Paramedics took her to a trauma center, where doctors pronounced her dead. Authorities withheld her name pending family notification.

The driver of the Nissan and a second passenger, described only as male, were treated at a hospital for minor injuries.

The cause of the accident was under investigation, Matias said.

– City News Service



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