Two teenage boys were crushed to death and two teenage girls were injured when an all-terrain vehicle overturned in an open desert area west of Blythe, California Highway Patrol officials said Monday.
The crash was reported at 11:45 a.m. Sunday on a patch of dirt south of Interstate 10 and east of Mesa Drive in the unincorporated community of Mesa Verde, according to the CHP.
A 13-year old girl was driving a 2015 Polaris RZR with three passengers aboard when she attempted to make a left turn, causing the vehicle to roll onto its right side.
A 14- and a 13-year-old boy were seated on top of the right rear door panel with their backs facing the outside of the vehicle. They were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected and crushed to death when the RZR rolled on top of them, according to the CHP.
Both boys suffered fatal injuries while the driver and a 9-year-old girl, who was in the left rear passenger seat, were wearing seatbelts and suffered moderate injuries, CHP official said. They were taken to Desert Regional Medical Center.
None of the victims were named but authorities said they were all from San Jacinto except for the 9-year-old girl, who is a Blythe resident.
Investigators said that they did not believe drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash.
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