A Woodland teen died in a crash following a high-speed police chase Thursday on Woodland streets that ended with the vehicle in which he was riding going airborne.
The 16-year-old Woodland resident, who has not been identified pending notification of family, was taken to UC Davis Medical Center but died from his injuries.
Woodland police said that at about 3:50 p.m. Thursday, officers saw the 16-year-old, a 17-year-old and 18-year-old Trevor Wright of Woodland get into a vehicle in the 100 block of Wisconsin Avenue. The 16-year-old was wanted on seven felony arrest warrants.
Wright saw police and drove away a high rate of speed, according to a police news release. During a pursuit, a pistol was tossed from the fleeing vehicle, police said. The weapon was later recovered on the 500 block of Woodland Avenue.
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As the vehicle entered the intersection of Woodland and Palm avenues, it somehow became airborne. When the vehicle came down, Wright crashed into a parked vehicle and a tree.
Arriving officers eventually arrested Wright, who had fled to a backyard a block from the crash scene. The other teens were trapped in the damaged car and had to be extricated by Woodland Fire Department firefighters.
A police detective responded to the medical center, where he learned that the 16-year-old had died. The 17-year-old, also from Woodland, was in stable condition.
Wright was booked into Yolo County jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, eluding a police officer, felony hit and run, and driving under the influence of a drug.