Passenger Airlifted After Driver Flees Major Injury Accident in San Ramon

SAN RAMON – A San Ramon teenager is in custody after he allegedly crashed into a tree while under the influence, then ran from the scene, leaving his passenger trapped inside the car with major injuries.

Just before 4:00 pm Monday afternoon, the San Ramon Valley Fire Department received multiple reports that a vehicle had crashed into a tree on Windemere Parkway near Longleaf Circle. Witnesses also reported seeing a male juvenile running from the scene.

Upon their arrival, San Ramon Police officers located a victim with significant injuries in the passenger seat of the vehicle that had crashed into the tree. There were no other involved vehicles.

As firefighters attempted to free the passenger trapped inside the vehicle, they requested that an air ambulance respond to Hidden Hills Elementary School to airlift the individual.

Simultaneously, police used a canine to search for the individual who ran from the accident, who was believed to be the driver of the vehicle.

While police were investigating the scene, an individual who admitted to being the driver of the vehicle drove to the accident scene. Police say the individual, identified as a 16-year-old San Ramon resident, also admitted to consuming alcohol before the collision.

The alleged driver was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek for non-life threatening injuries. He was later placed under arrest for driving under the influence resulting in great bodily injury, a felony charge.

His passenger, identified as a 16-year-old San Ramon resident, was airlifted to John Muir Medical Center where police say he remains in critical condition.

West bound Windemere Parkway remains closed as of 10:35 pm while police investigate the scene.

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