Two teens killed in accident, 14-year-old was driving

A 14-year-old East Bay boy was driving the car that smashed into a city utility pole early Friday morning, killing two teenage passengers and critically injuring a third, police said.

The boy is facing two counts of vehicular manslaughter and another for being an unlicensed driver in a horrific accident near the Balboa Terrace neighborhood around 12:45 p.m., police Lt. Lynn Tomioka said.

Five East Bay teenagers were in the Suzuki sedan that swerved off-road westbound on Ocean Avenue, near Junipero Serra Boulevard, police said. When the car plowed into the utility pole, two 18-year-old men sitting in the backseat were thrown from the car.

One died at the scene and the other at the hospital, Tomioka said.

A 16-year-old who sat between the mortally wounded teens is fighting for his life, Tomioka said.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner has identified one of the victims as Jonathon Johnson, of Castro Valley. The other teen’s name will not be released until family is notified, officials said.

The front-seat passenger and driver did not suffer life-threatening injuries. They were wearing seat belts, and air bags were deployed.

The father of the 18-year-old boy sitting in the front-passenger seat owned the car. The teen allowed the 14-year-old boy to drive, Tomioka said.

He has been charged with a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Tomioka said.

It was not yet known if alcohol or drugs played a role, she said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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