The California Highway Patrol is investigating a violent crash that happened near Central Valley High, leaving one teen dead and others injured.
CBS Local in Sacramento reported that the crash happened right after school let out for the day at approximately 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 11th.
Investigators believe a drag race may have been at the root of the fatal crash; however, there are several questions about the accident that remain unanswered.
The accident caught the attention of the local community. Area business owner, Francisco Garcia said that he heard the engines revving and looked outside his shop to see two vehicles racing down Blaker Road near the high school. The commotion that Garcia heard was just moments before one of the vehicles crashed into a utility pole, ejecting a passenger inside. The 17-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
The Ceres Police Traffic Unit was called to the scene of the crash where they had to extricate three other passengers, a 16-year old male and two 17-year-old males from the wreckage of the vehicle.
All three teens were transported to an area hospital for treatment of their injuries. Their injuries were non-life threatening, and they are expected to recover.
The identities of the victim and the three other teens involved in the accident have not been released at this time. So far, no charges have been filed.
The accident is still currently under investigation by local law enforcement and the California Highway Patrol.