Teen Girls Injured in Van Rollover Crash on Central Rd in Apple Valley, CA
Apple Valley, CA — October 8, 2022, two teen girls were injured in a single-vehicle rollover accident near Central and Johnston roads in Apple Valley.
Authorities say the incident happened around 9:05 p.m. in the area of Central and Johnston. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a minivan was traveling in the area when it overturned for unknown reasons. It rolled multiple times and came to rest facing against traffic.
The victims, girls ages 15 and 16, were ejected during the rollover and suffered serious injuries. Both were airlifted to area hospitals. The van's 17-year-old driver was unhurt during the wreck.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Apple Valley Rollover Crash
Crashes involving teenagers, while just as serious as any other (maybe even more so), don't always get the careful investigation they deserve. People sometimes write them off as unfortunate byproducts of inexperienced or reckless young people taking risks behind the wheel, prematurely pinning the blame on them without waiting for all the facts.
Rather than making any such assumption, it's better to conduct a thorough investigation that accounts for all the possible causes and contributing factors. Things like dangerous road hazards, tire blowouts, or even vehicle defects may not be particularly common, but they cause wrecks every day and can't be ignored when seeking the whole story.
Unfortunately those are often overlooked if officers and the public focus too much on common factors or the perceived carelessness of youth. Turning a blind eye to other possibilities can be a serious problem if someone is blamed for a wreck that was actually out of their hands. Will that be an issue here, and should independent investigators step in to make sure it isn't?