ARMONA — A 17-year-old girl was killed and two others were injured Friday after their car struck a power line in Armona, the California Highway Patrol said.
The victims' names are being withheld because they are juveniles. Multiple media reports and social media posts have identified the passenger who was killed as Hanford West High School junior Sierra Valenzuela.
Around 10:05 p.m., a 2007 Toyota was headed eastbound on Front Street, just west of Jenson Street. The CHP said the car failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the road onto the south shoulder. As it left the road, the right front of the Toyota hit a PG&E guy wire. The driver lost control and continued northeast across Front Street.
The CHP said the car struck a tree, spun and hit another tree. The car stopped after it hit a brick and steel fence. The 16-year-old female driver, along with both 17-year-old female passengers, was taken to Adventist Medical Center in Hanford. One of the passengers died from her injuries.
The driver and passengers were all wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, and alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor, the CHP said.