Published Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 | 3:26 p.m.
Updated Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 | 6:45 p.m.
- Sgt. Oscar Chavez on a wreck that left one teen dead and two injured.
A 16-year-old boy is dead after the SUV he was driving struck a block wall Friday afternoon in a residential area, Metro Police said.
A homeowner in the area of Gateway Road and Rawhide Street called police after hearing the crash at about 1:40 p.m. When officers responded, they found a white Toyota 4Runner against a block wall and at least one teen pinned inside, police spokeswoman Barbara Morgan said.
Police had received reports of a vehicle doing doughnuts or possibly racing another vehicle, but there were no eyewitnesses to the crash, Sgt. Oscar Chavez said. He said the speed limit in the area is 25 mph and the vehicle was traveling at a much higher speed.
Witness statements and evidence at the scene indicates the vehicle was traveling northbound on Gateway when the driver traveled left of center, leaving the west edge of the road. The driver then overcorrected and re-entered the northbound travel lane before striking a curb, the sidewalk, then a block wall and a tree before coming to rest, police said.
The brunt of the impact was at the driver's side door and the driver died at the scene, Chavez said.
The two male passengers, one 16 and the other 17, were taken to Sunrise Hospital in serious condition.
Drugs and alcohol aren't suspected, Chavez said.
This is the 64th fatal accident this year in Metro's jurisdiction.