A 13-year-old Esparto boy died Friday after the car he was learning to drive spun out of control and hit a drainage ditch on a rural Yolo County road, authorities said.
The crash happened at 8:40 p.m. on County Road 89, north of County Road 26 in unincorporated Yolo County. The unidentified teenager was getting driving instructions from his father, identified only as R. Trujillo, 46, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The 2005 Chevrolet drifted off the right edge of the road and into the gravel of County Road 89, before the teen sharply steered back to the left, causing it to slide counterclockwise, the CHP said. Trujillo attempted to steer the car to the right, but the vehicle was out of control, according to a CHP report.
The vehicle continued out of control until it struck a 10-foot drainage ditch and overturned. The crash killed the teen, while the father suffered major injuries and was taken to Kaiser Vacaville.
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It is unclear whether the driver had a license or permit to operate the vehicle. State law requires drivers to be at least 151/2 years old before they can apply for a permit.
Area residents said it is common for kids to learn how to drive cars and agricultural vehicles. The area has many narrow two-lane roads and agricultural ditches.
The CHP has ruled out alcohol as a factor for the crash, which remained under investigation.
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