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One teen killed in rollover crash

A 17-year-old boy sustained fatal injuries in a rollover wreck Saturday morning on a rural road southeast of Turlock, the CHP reported.

The identity of the deceased has not been released at this time. He was a resident of McFarland, said Merced CHP spokesperson Officer Eric Zuniga.

The single vehicle collision also sent the two teenage passengers in the vehicle to the hospital.

The collision happened around 9:50 a.m. Saturday on Turlock Road, east of Looney Road.

The 17-year-old was driving a 2002 Toyota Corolla eastbound on Turlock Road at an estimated speed of 55 miles per hour. 

For an unknown reason, the driver allowed the vehicle to veer into the westbound lane and then off the shoulder of the road. The driver tried to steer the vehicle back onto the road, but overcorrected, causing the vehicle to rollover several times, Zuniga said.

The vehicle came to rest on its tires. 

The two passengers - a 16-year-old boy from Delano and a 16-year-old boy from McFarland - were able to get out of the vehicle on their own.

Another motorist tried to help them get the driver out of the car, but he had sustained fatal injuries and was already dead. He was pronounced by emergency responders at the scene.

The Delano boy had minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Merced. The other McFarland boy did not have any visible injuries but was taken to Mercy Medical Center as a precaution, Zuniga said.

The driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision. The CHP said a seatbelt probably would have saved the life of the teenager.

Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash.