A 17-year-old boy died and his teenage friend was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and drunken driving after a sport utility vehicle slammed into a tree in the Wiebel neighborhood over the weekend, police said.
Fremont resident Jason Park died following the early Sunday morning crash near the intersection of Durham Road and Paseo Padre Parkway, an Alameda County Coroner\’s Office spokeswoman said.
Park, who participated in an independent study program in the Fremont Unified School District, was the front-seat passenger in a newer model four-door silver Nissan Exterra that crashed about 1 a.m., said police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.
Two other 17-year-old boys in the SUV, who attend Mission San Jose High School, suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries in the wreck, Bosques said.
The friends had just dropped off a fourth teenage boy in the Warm Springs Area and were traveling east on Durham Road near Paseo Padre Parkway when the SUV veered toward the shoulder, struck a large rock and sheared a tree. The SUV then spun and hit a second tree on the right hand shoulder of Durham Road.
Park, who wore his seat belt, was partly ejected from the SUV. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.