Tragedy strikes Mesa Verde, two teens killed in RZR rollover: CHP reports deceased not wearing seat belts

“The 13 year old male passenger and 14 year old male passenger were both not wearing seat belts and were both seated up on the top of the right rear door panel with their backs facing outward of the right side,” stated the California Highway Patrol (CHP) report of collision of the tragic Sept. 15 incident. (Archived file photo by Uriel Avendano/Palo Verde Valley Times)

Tragedy struck the Mesa Verde, Calif., community just west of Blythe Sept. 15, as two teens, 13 and 14 years old, were killed in an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) rollover incident just south of the Interstate 10 highway, east of Mesa Drive.

Two other minors in the ATV, ages 9 and 13, were also hospitalized with moderate injuries and taken to Desert Regional.

“On (Sept.) 15, 2019, at approximately 11:45 a.m., a 2015 Polaris RZR was being driven eastbound on a dirt, off-highway area, in an unincorporated area, west of Blythe, (Calif.), known as Mesa Verde. The 13 year old female driver made a left turn and the RZR rolled onto its right side,” noted the California Highway Patrol (CHP) report of collision. “The 13 year old driver and the 9 year old female, left rear passenger, were properly seat belted and sustained moderate injuries as a result of the crash. The 13 year old male passenger and 14 year old male passenger were both not wearing seat belts and were both seated up on the top of the right rear door panel with their backs facing outward of the right side.”

According to CHP, both male passengers were ejected when the RZR rolled onto its right side. The RZR rolled on top of them which caused the fatal injuries.

“Drugs or alcohol are not believed to be a factor in this collision,” noted CHP.

The minors’ residency is stated as San Jacinto, Calif.

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