Driver injured in Trabuco Canyon crash Friday is Lake Forest teen
The driver who was critically injured in a Trabuco Canyon crash Friday has been identified as a 17-year-old Lake Forest teen, a California Highway Patrol officer said Tuesday.
The 17-year-old driver was driving southbound on Santiago Canyon Road near Ridgeline Road at 1:18 a.m. Friday when his 2007 Honda crashed into a pole, CHP officer Chris Goodwin said. A 17-year-old passenger, also from Lake Forest, was thrown from the car, Goodwin said.
The crash sheared off the pole and knocked out power to many homes in Modjeska Canyon, canyon resident Joan Wilson said.
Fifteen firefighters and paramedics responded to the call from stations in Portola Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita and Trabuco Canyon, Orange County Fire Authority Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion said.
Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to free the driver.
Both the driver and the passenger were taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo within 40 minutes of the crash, Concepcion said.
The driver was in critical condition, Concepcion said. The passenger suffered minor injuries.
The identity of the driver has not been released because of an ongoing CHP investigation, Goodwin said.
As of Tuesday the driver remains in critical but stable condition, police said.
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