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Teen crashes stolen car; 4 hurt (video)

By KBell
May 25, 2012 at 12:25 a.m.
Updated May 26, 2012 at 12:26 a.m.

Police officers question several young men involved in a one-car rollover on Bottom Street on  Friday. The vehicle struck a utility pole, cracking it before landing in a drainage ditch.

Four teenagers are in the hospital after stealing a car and crashing it Friday afternoon.

Passengers provided police conflicting accounts about who was driving the four-door Lincoln that was eastbound on Bottom Street about 2:30 p.m, said Department of Public Safety Trooper Jay Schultz.

Schultz confirmed Rogelio Flores Jr., 18, of Victoria, as the driver. The vehicle was traveling at an "extremely high rate of speed," when Flores lost control, he said. The vehicle was beginning to turn over when its trunk struck a phone pole at the intersection of Bottom Street and Hiller Road.

The car came to rest in a deep ditch on the opposite side of the road.

The car belonged to the mother of one of the boys; she declined to press charges, Schultz said.

The Victoria Fire Department had to remove two doors to free one passenger trapped in the back driver's side seat of the vehicle.

The passenger extricated was flown to a San Antonio hospital for a broken back. The second passenger is being treated for a broken bone, and the third passenger is being treated for several lacerations; both are at Victoria hospitals. All three passengers are 15 years old.

Meanwhile, Flores was transported by EMS to a San Antonio hospital for a broken bone in his neck.

Flores is being charged with intoxication assault and false report to an officer, Schultz said.

The pole that was struck was splintered and leaning. AEP workers were repairing it Friday afternoon.

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