A 17-year-old male from Soulsbyville crashed a truck on Highway 108 in Mi-Wuk Village Monday night allegedly while under the influence of alcohol, killing a 19-year-old male passenger from Sonora, the California Highway Patrol said in a news release.

The driver, whose name is not being released due to his age, was driving a 2001 Toyota Tacoma westbound on Highway 108 near Koinonia Court in Mi-Wuk Village at 8:34 p.m. Monday, the release said.

After traveling off the north shoulder in a left-hand curve, the Tacoma struck an embankment and overturned, causing the passenger who was described as “unrestrained” to be ejected. 

The Tacoma came to rest on its roof and blocked both lanes of Highway 108.

The 19-year-old, whose name has not been released by CHP pending notification of family, died from his injuries at the scene despite life-saving measures being attempted on him. 

The driver sustained minor injuries and was flown to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto for treatment. During the subsequent investigation into the crash, it was determined the juvenile was allegedly under the influence of an alcoholic beverage at the time of the crash.

He was placed under arrest and booked into the Mother Lode Regional Juvenile Detention Facility on suspicion of felony DUI following his release from the hospital. 

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at or (209) 588-4526.

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