Tragedy in Santa Rosa, California
In a tragic night in Santa Rosa, a 17-year-old girl lost her life and three individuals were injured after a high-speed car veered off the road on the east side and plunged into a creek, bursting into flames, as reported by the Santa Rosa police on Saturday.
The driver, Jaden Pruett Steed, a 21-year-old resident of Santa Rosa, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular manslaughter, as it was discovered that his blood alcohol level was at 0.11 percent, according to the police.
The accident occurred around 10:15 p.m. on Friday when several witnesses called 911 to report that a car had fallen into a creek on the north side of the 5100 block of Montgomery Drive and was on fire, as reported by the police on their Facebook page.
The vehicle was headed west when it went off the road while entering a curve, went airborne, ripped off a large branch from a tree, flipped an unknown number of times, and ended up in an upright position in the creek bed, according to the police.
Both Pruett Steed and a 17-year-old in the left rear seat managed to exit the car by themselves and were assisted by residents of the area in climbing up the creek slope, the police reported.
The residents returned to the vehicle and helped extract a 19-year-old from the right front seat. However, a 17-year-old in the right rear seat was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
The 19-year-old passenger was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and was subsequently airlifted to a burn center, according to the police. The 17-year-old was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. Pruett Steed was taken to a local hospital with apparently minor injuries, stated the police.
Location: Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa, CA, USA
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