Teen drivers are not just more inexperienced than other drivers, they are far more prone to take dangerous risks that most other drivers don’t and are much more likely to get into an accident. One such incident unfolded recently in Stockton with tragic results and has left one man dead.
KCRA reported that on the morning of Friday, February 8th at approximately 3:00 a.m., a teen driver led California Highway Patrol troopers on a high-speed chase that originated on the Interstate 5 Freeway onto the streets of the city, reaching an estimated speed of up to 90 mph.
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Authorities say that the CHP attempted to stop a 17-year-old driver in a Chevrolet Silverado for speeding. The driver refused to pull over and led officers on a high-speed chase. The chase came to an end when the pickup truck ran a red light at the intersection of March Lane and Da Vinci Drive in Stockton, slamming into three cars who were waiting at a traffic signal.
In one of the vehicles was Christian Harrison who was on his way to work at a concrete company that morning. During the chase, the pickup truck became airborne and according to witnesses, sheared the top of Harrison’s vehicle. Authorities pronounced Harrison dead at the scene.
The CHP arrested the 17-year-old male driver of the Silverado. He was later transported to an area hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the crash.
According to California law, the name of the driver has not been released because he is a minor.
The crash is still currently under investigation.