SAN BERNARDINO ( — Authorities say a 14-year-old succumbed to injuries he sustained in a solo-vehicle crash in San Bernardino.

The Saturday evening crash about 5:01 p.m. occurred in the 2700 block of N. Sierra Way.

San Bernardino police said in a written statement that Rafael Contreras Lopez was behind the wheel of a Ford Explorer that was headed southbound on N. Sierra Way.

The statement says Lopez lost control of the vehicle and struck the west curb and a tree in a violent side collision.

Lopez and a 14-year-old passenger were taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center where the teen died.

Police said Lopez underwent emergency surgery but was listed in critical but stable condition.

The teen’s mother, identified as 31-year-old Vanessa Karyn Godoy, was also injured in the collision. She was taken to a hospital where she was listed in stable condition.

“It appears that at the time of the collision the roadway was wet and Lopez was traveling at an unsafe speed for the current conditions,” the statement said.

Anyone with more information about this crash was asked to call Detective K. Jeffery at (909) 384-5664.


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