Vacaville truck crash claims 2 teens, injures 3 others

VACAVILLE, Calif. - Two teens were killed and three more were injured in a truck crash in Vacaville Saturday night.

According to witnesses, the white Chevrolet pickup truck in which the five teens were traveling, was speeding down Pleasants Valley Road when the driver lost control near Pleasant Hills Ranch Way and veered off the road.

A California Highway Patrol spokesperson said all five teens were thrown from the truck.

The driver died on scene and a teenage girl who was a passenger died a short time later.

The CHP spokesperson said investigators believe the teens had been drinking and said no one was wearing a seat belt.

"I just hope everyone sees this as a wakeup call," Vacaville High School student Brittney Ciraulo said.

Edgar Escalante, a close friend of the driver, said he could have been in the deadly wreck.

"I should have been in the truck. But circumstances were different so I couldn't go," Escalante said. "But last night when they called me, I was in shock."

Friends identified the driver as 19-year-old Gilbert Guzman, which the Solano County coroner confirmed on Monday. Guzman and his passengers were heading back to Vacaville from Lake Berryessa when the crash happened.

The second victim was a 16-year-old girl. The coroner said her name was Christie Brinsley and she was from Vacaville.

A vigil was scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Ruby Park in Vacaville, near Foxborough Elementary School.


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