Two females deceased in car crash in Rohnert Park
Two teens died in a solo-car crash on Golf Course Drive Saturday night after their car clipped a curb and collided with several trees and signs, police said.
At around 9:25 p.m. on June 12, police said they received multiple 911 calls reporting two female victims with major injuries in a collision on Golf Course Drive and Roberts Lake Road in front of Mary’s Pizza Shack in Rohnert Park.
Police believe the two were traveling west on Golf Course in a 2018 Mercedes Coupe at a high rate of speed when the car struck the right curb while trying to maneuver the curve in the road. They jumped the curb and collided with two street signs and two trees. Finally, they hit a traffic signal and came to a stop.
When the first officer, who arrived in minutes, was on the scene he found the 17-year-old driver dead, and the 16-year-old passenger with critical injuries, authorities said.
Rohnert Park, Sonoma Life Support and Sonoma County Fire arrived but the passenger ultimately died at the scene, police said.
“Horrible, I’ve never been to a collision this bad in my career,” said Aaron Johnson, deputy chief who has been with the department for 24 years. “They weren’t ejected but just based on the way the car tore apart they weren’t seated in their seats [when officers arrived].”
Police shut down the road for three and half hours while the investigators collected evidence and witnesses’ statements.
The victims have not yet been identified. It is unclear at this time if they are Rohnert Park residents, Johnson said.
At this time. it is not known whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.
That area on Golf Course has had a few car accidents over the years, usually they are due to the speed of the drivers, Johnson said.
“This was just a bad crash for everybody involved. Of course the families, but our first responders are really struggling. We want to process it, you know also take into consideration the public, but just anytime you have a double fatality. But it just really hits home when it’s a small community like ours,” Johnson said.