An SUV with 13 teenagers inside rolled over Saturday night in La Jolla. Two days later, no charges or citations have been issued. But as NBC 7’s Todd Strain explains, that could change.
A rollover accident in La Jolla involving 16 teenagers is raising some questions about what, if any charges, those involved will face.
Investigators said a Ford Expedition, that seats seven, was driving from a house party Saturday when it rolled over with 16 minors inside the vehicle.
San Diego police responded to the crash scene on on Muirlands Vista Way but told NBC 7 no citations had been issued and alcohol was not involved.
Video from the scene shows a beer can near the wreckage.
The driver of the vehicle, who was not identified by San Diego police, was on a provisional license at the time of the crash.
Parents and students at La Jolla High School were struggling Monday with the scope of the accident.
“Very scary, all weekend we were talking about it," said parent Maryam Salehi.
While there were no charges or citations issued, the SDPD is investigating the incident and told NBC 7 Monday that they expect charges and citations to be issued in the future.
Potential tickets may include unrestrained passengers, an open container in the car, driving at an unsafe speed and violation of a provisional license, said Detective Dan Wall
Neighbor Bill Fitzmaurice rushed to the crash scene Saturday and helped some of the teenagers who were injured.
He said he hopes the crash will serve as a wake up call for those involved.
"Hopefully all these kids will go home and learn that driving car is serious business and can lead to some serious stuff if not done properly," Fitzmaurice said.
The investigation could take weeks to complete. Wall said that is considered a normal time for an incident like this.
On Wednesday, officials confirmed there were actually 16 teenagers inside the SUV at the time of the crash, not 13 as originally reported by officials.