Three people were taken to the hospital Tuesday evening after the convertible in which they were traveling crashed near Social Security Bar on North Bank Chetco River Road and ejected all of them, pinning one underneath the vehicle.
According to Sheriff John Ward, a witness saw the car lose control, crash over an embankment and eject the three occupants at about 9:15 p.m.
Driver 17-year-old Gabriel Parson, rear passenger Travis Trevino Jr., 20, and 18-year-old front-seat passenger Issabella Vermaak were transported to Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. All are from the Brookings area and were headed upriver to a party, sheriff’s office reports indicate.
Vermaak, whom fire rescue personnel extricated from underneath the car using airbags, and Parson were later released from the hospital with minor injuries. Trevino, who initially was able to crawl back onto the roadway, was flown to Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene Wednesday for injuries he sustained during the crash.
None of the occupants were wearing seatbelts.
The car, a 1999 Pontiac, was pulled back onto the roadway, where deputies found unopened alcoholic beverages. Speed is also believed to be a factor in the incident.
The cause of the wreck is under investigation and additional information is being forwarded to the Curry County District Attorney and Juvenile Department. Criminal charges of assault, reckless driving and reckless endangerment are being considered.
Others involved in the rescue were Cal-Ore Life Flight ambulance, Oregon State Police, the Brookings Police and Fire Rescue departments and Wes’s Towing.