Ashley Carlson dies in auto accident
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The auto shop and library at Rancho Cotate High served as gathering  places for friends to mourn the death of 17-year-old senior Ashley Carlson, who was killed in a car crash west of Santa Rosa Tuesday evening.

Carlson had been riding with two other Rancho Cotate seniors, driver Ashley Kellogg, 18, of Rohnert Park, and Kellogg’s boyfriend, Brenton Deveraux, 18, of Santa Rosa. Carlson was riding in the front seat.

Grief therapists, chaplains and a therapy dog were sent to the Rohnert Park high school. 

An investigation by the California Highway Patrol indicated Kellogg seemingly was driving too fast on Llano Road, a rural road that is narrow and bumpy. The speed limit on the portion of Llano the crash occurred is 45 mph. All three were set to graduate from Rancho Cotate on May 30.

At Dusk, the CHP said Carlson and her two friends were southbound on Llano. Kellogg lost control of her vehicle on a straight portion of Llano and then the 2008 Honda Civic ran off the road, hit a tree and then slammed into a utility pole. The impact forced the vehicle to overturn and land in a field. All three, the CHP said, were wearing seatbelts.

Kellogg was treated for minor injuries at Santa Rosa Memorial, while Deveraux had major injuries that are not life threatening. He was also treated at Santa Rosa Memorial.Alcohol was not believed to be a factor.

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