16-year-old girl dies in 3-vehicle crash near SeaWorld


SAN DIEGO – A 16-year-old girl died late Friday afternoon after suffering major trauma in a rollover crash involving three vehicles near SeaWorld San Diego, local authorities said.

According to police, the crash at Dana Landing Road and Ingraham Street in Mission Bay Park occurred at about 4:45 p.m.

The victim was a front-seat passenger in a 2008 Ford Fusion driven by another 16-year-old girl, according to San Diego police Officer Robert Heims. They were driving southbound on 2600 Ingraham Street in the No. 1 lane when the driver noticed traffic was coming to a stop ahead and merged into the No. 2 lane.

It was then when the Fusion crashed into a 2016 Ford Escape driven by a 26-year-old woman, Heims said. That vehicle rear-ended another vehicle — a 2015 Nissan Sentra with a 23-year-old male driver — as a result.

The impact of the crash caused the Fusion to flip onto its roof, police said.

None of the people involved were identified by authorities. The passenger of the Fusion was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver was not injured. The only other reported injury was to the driver of the Escape who complained of pain to her face and nose, Heims said.

Police do not believe that DUI was a factor in the crash.

The department’s Traffic Investigation Unit was investigating the scene.

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