Two teenagers remained hospitalized Thursday afternoon after they were injured Wednesday when a big rig collided with a car driven by the 13-year-old Modesto boy several miles west of Keyes, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Javier Arcos was driving a 1989 Ford Thunderbird that crashed with the big rig hauling two trailers of peach pits, according to the CHP.
The boy suffered major injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. Hospital officials would not release details about his condition without parental consent.
Two passengers from Modesto were riding with the boy in the car. Everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seat belt.
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The CHP said passenger Lucero Orona Arcos, 15, suffered major internal injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. An update on her condition was not available, and her relation to the driver was unclear.
The boy's mother, 48-year-old Antonia Orona Arcos, was also a passenger in the car, but she was not injured. An initial CHP report that she was injured was not correct.
Jose Antonio Mejia, 45, of Modesto suffered minor injuries in the crash and sought his own medical aid. Mejia was driving a 1999 Peterbilt two-axle big rig.
The crash occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m. at Vivian and Keyes roads. It was unclear to the CHP why the boy was driving.
The Thunderbird, traveling south on Vivian, had stopped at a stop sign at Keyes Road, the CHP reported. There is no stop sign for traffic on Keyes.
The car then continued south and entered the intersection, attempting to cross Keyes Road. The big rig was heading west on Keyes Road. Mejia saw the car trying to cross ahead of him and stepped on his brakes.
The big rig struck the driver side of the car, causing major impact to the car's cabin. The car came to rest on its driver's side in a field near the road. Emergency personnel had to extricate the car's occupants.
There was no indication that alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash. The CHP expects to cite the boy for driving without a license.
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