Six Bishop Youth involved in Tuesday Crash
By Arnie Palu
January 20, 2016
The California Highway patrol is continuing their investigation into a single vehicle traffic collision Tuesday night. The CHP’s collision report indicates a 14 year old Bishop boy was behind the wheel of a 2003 Buick Rendevouz that crashed just west of Barlow Lane. The 14 year old was arrested for several potential charges including felony DUI. In addition to the underage driver, there were an additional 5 juveniles in the vehicle, all suffering injuries. Due to the fact that all involved are juveniles, their names will not be released.
According to the CHP collision report, at approximately 6:30pm Tuesday, a 14 year old juvenile was driving a 2003 Buick Rendevouz eastbound on Bir Road just west of Barlow Lane with five juvenile passengers, one of which was seated in the rear/truck of the vehicle. The report notes:
“While the juvenile was driving and texting on his cellular phone, he failed to maneuver through a curve in the road. The vehicle left the roadway and collided with a large boulder, causing the vehicle to roll several times. The vehicle came to rest on it’s roof within the roadway of Bir road. The driver and all passengers left the collision scene without notifying law enforcement authorities. Approximately one hour after the collision, CHP was notified of several parties that checked themselves into Northern Inyo Hospital. The driver was contacted by the CHP at Northern Inyo Hospital and during the course of a DUI investigation, the juvenile driver was placed under arrest for Felony DUI, Felony hit and run, and Felony Child Endangerment.”
The 14 year old driver was wearing a seat belt and suffered moderate injuries.
A 14 year old male passenger wearing a seat belt sustained minor injures.
A second 14 year old male passenger was not wearing a seat belt sustaining unknown injuries.
A pair of 14 year old female passengers were not wearing seat belts and suffered moderate and minor injuries.
The sixth occupant in the vehicle, a 12 year old female, who was seated in the rear of the SUV suffered major injuries.
The Collision remains under investigation. In addition to the CHP, the Bishop fire department was also called to the scene Tuesday night to secure a fuel leak.