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Alcohol, drugs suspected in early morning accident

August 15, 2009

GLENDALE — A 19-year-old driver and three of his passengers on Saturday were transported to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center with various injuries after an early morning accident in the intersection of San Fernando Road and Pacific Avenue, police said.

The passengers, all of them teenagers under the age of 18, suffered a variety of injuries ranging from severe head trauma to a broken femur and dislocated hip, police said. The driver is being kept under medical observation.

He was headed north on San Fernando Road about 1:50 p.m. Saturday when the Ford F-150 he was driving struck the island at the Pacific Avenue intersection, skipped across lanes and slammed into a signal pole on the northwest corner, Glendale Police Lt. Carl Povilaitis said.

Detective Ashraf Mankario said police arriving on the scene were surprised that anyone had survived the crash. The vehicle was severally mangled with the engine pushed into the back seat of the truck.

None of the teens were from the Glendale area, and police found evidence that they had attended a rave party somewhere in Los Angeles. “They may have been lost and were just trying to find the freeway,” Povilaitis said.

Results from a toxicology report has not been returned as of yet, police said.

“It is very preliminary in the investigation but it does appear alcohol and illegal drugs were involved,” Povilaitis said.

— Mary O’Keefe

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