14-Yr-Old Driver Arrested In Double Fatal San Francisco Crash

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5 / BCN) – A 14-year-old boy was facing vehicular manslaughter charges in connection with a crash early Friday morning in San Francisco’s Ingleside Terrace neighborhood that killed two people and sent one other person to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.

The crash took place around 12:45 a.m. Friday on Ocean Avenue near Junipero Serra Boulevard, when a sedan driven by a 14-year-old and carrying four other teenagers went off the roadway, San Francisco police Lt. Lyn Tomioka said.

A man was ejected from the vehicle upon impact and was pronounced dead at the scene, Tomioka said. A second man was also thrown from the car and died from his injuries shortly after being taken to San Francisco General Hospital, she said.

One of the people killed in the collision was identified by the San Francisco medical examiner’s office as Jonathon Johnson, an 18-year-old from Castro Valley.

The identity of the second person who died was not being released until his family was notified.

A 16-year-old boy who was also in the car was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, Tomioka said. His condition was unknown Friday, but Tomioka said he remained hospitalized.

The vehicle was traveling westbound on Ocean Avenue before the crash, Tomioka said.

Besides the 14-year-old boy who was behind the wheel, the sedan was carrying three 18-year-old men and one 16-year-old boy when the crash occurred, Tomioka said. All of the teens are from the East Bay, she said.

The 14-year-old, whose name had not been released, was arrested at the scene and has been charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter and being an unlicensed driver, Tomioka said.

Police also arrested an 18-year-old who was sitting in the front passenger seat of the sedan at the time of the crash and whose father is listed as the registered owner of the car, she said.

Police believed that young man allowed the 14-year-old to drive his father’s car. He was arrested on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Tomioka said.

Additional charges may be added to the teens’ cases by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, Tomioka said.

Police were still working to determine if alcohol or drugs had a role in the crash, Tomioka said. She also didn’t have any information on how many of the five teens involved in the crash were wearing seatbelts.

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  • Sherry


  • s

    why were the 14 and 16 year old out at 12:45 in the morning on a school night? on any night for that matter? when i was a teenager, i had a curfew of 10pm… 11pm at the latest. where are the parents??

    • Reason

      Exactly, the parents must be charged for child negligence.

    • W

      When I was 14 I wasn’t even allowed to go out at night!!!

  • Arun Reddy

    Wow this kids should be in bed sleeping not driving and killing people in the late night in SF!!!

  • arch stanton

    “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

    Sad story. Poor judgment.

    There’s a reason 14 year olds aren’t given licenses…

  • sal

    why were the 14yr old and 16yr old out at that hour, on a school night? the parents should also be held responsible.

  • Granny K

    A tragedy. I wonder what the 18 year olds were thinking, getting into a car driven by a 14 year old…why didn’t one of them drive?

    • W

      Don’t forget, the car belong to the 18 years old’s parent(s) NOT his – too.

  • kathy

    But if the idiots who died had been wearing seat belts then they wouldn’t have been ejected from the car.. might be alive. Everyone in that car is a flippin’ moron who hopefully will never reproduce.

    • Roger Ilmberger

      My firend died in the crash and although he has been known to make a few bad decisions here and there he was a good guy. You call him a moron but youve never met him. Just because somone made a mistake doesnt mean you should call him a moron.

    • aj

      I think you are being too harsh, and they can’t reproduce if they are dead. Grow up.

    • Paula Watt

      Most of you are haters and are so cruel. Don’t judge all you mother and fathers out there. I keep a close eye on all my children, and guess what It could of been my child! BEN Powell was my son’s best friend and he died in that car accident. Ben was 18 years old. My son is only 15, and that is why he wasnt out with Ben. Remember back when you & I were teenagers, SOME CARS didnt even have seat belts. Its a tragedy, Please stop judging people you don’t know.

  • sherri

    U f*****g piece…..have a heart the morons are you ignorant adults who are slandering people, when you don’t know the situation…..this is what freedom of speech has done for our country it allows assh***les to have opinions- ones we can do without …..one of the morons that died was the son of an old friend of mine who I know is not an awful parent….what century do you live in…have you looked at the tv….I mean your online commenting and that’ a life…..the access and poison these kids have in their lives now TODAY is 10 times magnified compared to previous generations…..God bless all of them, yes mistakes are made…but we are all human …..

    • Paula Watt

      Thank you Sherry, we need more people like you in this world. Most of these people making comments online is all that they do. I’m only doing this due to the fact Ben Powell was my son’s best friend. He was the youngest of 8 children. He had dreams, he went to school.. He had neices and nephews who adored him. He always had a smile. No one knows why and what occurred. The truth will come out in the wash. For now… its all in GODS hands.

  • sherri

    I seriously don’t know why your life has not ended yet GI JOKE…you’ve been breathing and wasting our air I’m sure longer than your entitlement….

  • tn

    Firstly, prayers to the deceased boys’ families/friends. So many ignored signals, irreverence, lack of respect for the law, stupidity, immature adolescents and irresponsible parents/guardians led to this inevitable. Now the lives and futures of everyone involved, will be forever changed, while social and civil costs are paid by the rest of us. There are no winners in this one.

    • Monica

      I just happened to google my son who DIED, Jonathan Johnson, in this accident. His father and I have been married twenty years. Jonathan was 18, and was supposed to be getting aside form the son of the owner’s car to his 8pm math class at CHABOT college.nHe just turned 18 on veteran’s day 11/11. I had Jonathan at the age of 19 with my husband, and gave up my college education and straight into the working world. He is survived also by his 17 year old brother and now 9 year old sister, who were INSEPARABLE. Jonathan also left behind a girlfriend of 2 years (who was always supervised by her mom, and I when they visited each other). Iam happy my son found love before his death. These two were just two goofballs together and we would always go to the beach in SF together. The three in the back DID NOT KNOW the 14 year olds age as he and the 18 year old boy who drove his Dad’s car had a conversation outside the car when the 14 year old BEGGED him toilet him drive. Neither he nor the one who gave him permission were intoxicated or on drugs which makes these events even MORE sickening that this decision was soberly made.Benjamin died immediately.Jonathan, my beloved son, died of injuries due to the car being wrapped around a pole..he caught that whole impact which crushed his chest and neck, and was the last one thrown out before the car split a tree in half. He survived 45 minutes and died in the trauma center at San Francisco General. My son was 6’3 180 pounds had a million dollar smile and was the MOST loving and COMPASSIONATE soul. He played high school football, La cross…did OK in school (had ADHD) played basketball and LOVED HIS FAMILY> His friends were always at my house, because they got fed there and enjoyed our talks about College. He was going to take his Real Estate Exam That January to work with me part time while going to school. He loved the Lord and had accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior, and I know he was given time to repent of any sin and is now a soldier for God. I grieve for him daily…we all do. He told me that night before he left that after class he would come home and to save him a hamburger patty. That patty sat there as we got the call from the Hospital Counselor to inform us of our son’s death. Just sit with that for a minute. The 14 ear old got his justice, and the one who let him drive, will finalize getting his justice very soon now. STOP MAKING ASSUMPTIONS. When I first saw the14 year old at trial, he DID NOT look his age. I can see why my son didn’t question him as his “friend” who allowed him to drive gave him permission. I guess he trusted him too much. The 16 year old that was severley injured has just completed physical therapy and I just got back in touch with him recently. He and my son were best friends.

  • Clarence

    ahh…. but to have winners you first need losers. we all lose in the end, and the sooner people like this loose (die); the sooner we can move on and ruin the rest of the world for everyone else. people are the burden of humanity.

  • ShutUp

    Bob Suttons parents are probably some Tenderloin junkies who were drinking, drugging and trying to have sex while driving and crashed into a car filled with the teenage boys parents killing them all and that’s why the boys were out without parental supervision. It’s Bob’s fault for driving his parents to drink to begin with. If only they’d aborted Bob like they wanted to, none of this would have ever happened.

  • W

    People will call you racist but this is true! Blacks and Latinos making sf going downhill.

  • sherri

    gosh what a disappointment you all sound like white trash from Arkansas….I reading these post and I can’t even believe that I’m commenting on this ignorance. I mean it’s evident mistakes were made there are two dead. Here’s a news flash two kids in livermore overdose on expired methadone WHITE..stop please for the love of God stop being ignorant..I’ll tell you what if this list of comments are coming from over 30 God help us all this is what Generation Y has to look up to….no wonder they’re expiring way before their time.

  • nonwhiteperson

    That’s funny……….the last time i checked……..white people are human-beings also!

    I guess the columbine high school shooting was just a dream.

    whoop dee doooooooooooo!

    SO……….how about them SF GIANT!!!!

  • Paula Watt


  • Ben Powell Sister


  • arch stanton

    Hi Ben’s Sister,

    Most everyone I know is thankful (if not amazed) they survived some of their incidents of poor judgment as a teen. Many of them are now very successful and are certainly not idiots.

    Sometimes anonymous posting on the internet brings out the worst in people. Try not to let the poor examples get you down.

    My condolences,

  • Ben's Sister

    Thank you Arch for the encouragement.

  • RIPben

    I don’t care what ANYONE NEGATIVE says, Benjamin was one of the BEST people i’ve EVER met. ALWAYS with a smile on his face, brightening everyones day! The first time I started talking to him, he was on my side while arguing with GREG. Haha and he was walking with me and Greg to class. Good times<3 Ben was so great, always looking out for me and (sadly) buying me mcdonalds. haha MY POINT BEING: anyone who refers to him as a "MORON" is one themself. STOP with the negative comments, that's just rude. You're like twice his age. I LOVE YOU BENJAMIN, FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS!! REST IN PEACE.

  • Cameron S.

    Ben Powell was my bestfriends since 7th grade when we went to king middle school in Hayward and if you know him you would know that he had the greatest spirit in the world he was funny as I don’t know what and I miss him dearly

  • Arthur

    I went to high school with Ben and though it’s been more than a year, I still miss you Ben. You were a great guy and it still brings tears to my eyes. You left my school but when we found out about the loss, the entire school was shocked. RIP Ben. Still miss you.

  • Monica

    BY the way…..this is
    Jonathan’s mom again. I met Ben that same morning…Jonathan had just met him. He was SOOOOOOOOO polite and sweet. My husband and I met Ben’s Mom and Sister at the trial. I HAVE GREAT KNEWS FOR YOU> IF anyone can tell them to email me or post an email here so I can reach them or have them go to my Facebook page find me as Monica Toothman-Johnson….. PLEASE it is urgent and in your favor!!!

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