UPDATED at 4:50 p.m.
The horrific predawn crash that occurred Saturday morning claiming the life of a female student at East Union High School student and left five other occupants of a 2000 BMW with major and moderate injuries has impacted the Manteca community.
All were reported to have been from Manteca.
Terha Brown, 16, of Manteca High School was flown by REACH helicopter to UC Davis from the accident scene on eastbound 205 Freeway west of Tracy Boulevard after the 5:20 a.m. crash, according to information from a relative. She added that the girl is paralyzed from the waist down.
The passengers were reportedly a mix of students from Manteca High and East Union as well as two other area high schools. According to the family member and other news and a social media posting, they had spent the night in San Francisco and were returning to their homes when the crash occurred some 12 miles west of Manteca.
The BMW had been eastbound when it reportedly drifted off the freeway and struck a tree as the designated driver was believed to have fallen asleep, the CHP said. Only two of the six were reported to have been wearing seat belts – the driver and the middle rear seat passenger.
One 17-year-old passenger was transported to San Joaquin County Hospital with major injuries and was said to be on life support. Another male passenger – unknown age – was taken by ambulance to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto with major injuries. Another female passenger, 18, was transported to Modesto’s Memorial Hospital, also with major injuries along with an 18-year-old passenger, Joey Hrenko, who was suffering from only moderate injuries, according to the CHP report.
UPDATE: As of Monday afternoon, a Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputy confirmed that the family of one of the teen-aged passengers involved in Saturday's fatal car accident was preparing for the worst. The coroner's office had already been notified that the organ donation network had been summoned and that the decision to turn off life support following that process had already been made. The Bulletin is withholding that person's name because they are a minor.
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