Fresno teen dies in crash west of Highway 99

The Fresno BeeJanuary 5, 2014 

A 17-year-old Fresno teenager is dead and his passenger injured after their car crashed into a parked vehicle and an electric pole west of Highway 99 late Saturday night, the California Highway Patrol said.

The teen, who has not been identified pending notification of family, was driving a 1994 Honda Accord north on Cornelia Avenue, past Shields Avenue, at excessive speeds around 11:43 p.m. when he veered to the right and onto the dirt shoulder for an unknown reason, the CHP said.

The Honda collided with a parked vehicle and a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. power pole. The force of the crash pushed the parked vehicle into another parked car and into a fence.

The driver died at the scene, the CHP said. A 19-year-old male passenger received major injuries and was taken to Community Regional Medical Center.

Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in the crash. The collision is under investigation.

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