A troubling accident occurred Tuesday night, with a 14-year-old Bishop boy being charged with Felony DUI among other felonies with five juvenile passengers also in the vehicle that rolled several times.
The press release from the California Highway Patrol states:
“On Jan. 19 at approximately 6:26 pm, 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 trunk of the vehicle..
“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 its roof within the roadway of Bir Rd. The driver and all the 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 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.
“This collision is still under investigation by CHP.”
A CHP spokesman noted the DUI was not necessarily alcohol-related.
The collision report states that along with the driver, there were two 14-year-old boys, two 14-year-old girls and a 12-year-old girl in the vehicle
The 12-year-old girl suffered major injuries, the driver suffered moderate injuries, one of the 14-year-old girls suffered moderate injuries and the other minor injuries. One of the 14-year-old boys had minor injuries, and the other 14-year-old male passenger had unknown injuries.