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Brea Car Crash Leaves Teen Critically Injured; Police Suspect DUI

Posted on Jun 21, 2011

Police are investigating a Brea car crash that left a teenage boy fighting for his life while the boy's friends fled from the scene of the accident.
The Orange County single vehicle accident occurred at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 20111 on Imperial Highway, west of Berry Street, in Brea.  19-year-old Manuel Zepeda was driving two of his friends in a 1990 Honda CR-V hatchback.  The vehicle was traveling west when Zepeda lost control of his car and struck a fence on the north side of the street between Viking Avenue and Berry Street.
Zepeda and his front seat passenger left the vehicle and fled the scene of the accident.
When police arrived, they found a teenage boy trapped in the back seat. He was extracted by firefighters and taken UCI Medical Center in Orange.  He is being treated for a skull fracture and a lacerated spleen and remains in critical condition.
Police found Zepeda a short distance away. The young man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and for leaving the scene of an accident. Zepeda sustained minor injuries and was also taken to UCI Medical Center for treatment. The third teen was not found.
The Brea car crash is still under investigation, but police believe that alcohol is to blame for the accident.

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