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Two hospitalized with injuries sustained in crash in Point Loma Heights

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Posted at 7:09 AM, Feb 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 21:55:53-05

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 18-year-old man was hospitalized this morning with a lacerated liver and his passenger sustained a fractured left leg in a two- vehicle crash in Point Loma Heights.

The 18-year-old was speeding southbound in the 2700 block of Worden Street at 12:20 a.m. when another driver going eastbound in the 3900 block of Polack Avenue stopped for a stop sign and began to make a left turn onto Worden Street when he was struck by the vehicle driven by the 18-year-old, according to Officer Tony Martinez of the San Diego Police Department.

As a result of the crash, one of the vehicles struck five parked vehicles, he said.

The 18-year-old driver sustained a lacerated liver and his front-seat passenger, a man in his 20s, sustained a fractured left leg, Martinez said, adding the 18-year-old was evaluated for DUI.

No arrest was reported.

ABC 10News spoke with the passenger of the vehicle police say struck the other motorist.

Tristan Benavides, 18, says he and the driver are good friends. Benavides says he was about to be dropped off at his girlfriend’s house when the crash took place.

According to Benavides, the vehicle he was riding in had the right-of-way when the other driver sped through a stop sign, striking their vehicle before driving away and hitting several other cars.

Benavides is at home recovering from surgery to his fractured left leg. His friend sustained a lacerated liver, police said.

The status of the other driver is unknown at this time.

The crash is under investigation.