CLARKSBURG (CBS13) – A Clarksburg mother and father watched helplessly as good samaritans tried to save their son, who was trapped inside a truck after a deadly crash.
“The dad was in shock. I think he was just trying to hold it together for his wife,” said neighbor Itzayana Medina.
The 14-year-old would later be found dead, while the 16-year-old driver — his brother — escaped unharmed.
It took emergency crews almost 20 minutes to get to the rural area on Teal Road, while good samaritans tried to help the brothers.
“He was in shock. He couldn’t really talk,” said Medina.
California Highway Patrol officers haven’t released the identities of the teens, but say they were brothers out hunting together before the deadly accident.
“This is a narrow gravel road and it’s not very wide,” said CHP Sgt. David Lavezzoli.
CHP officers say it didn’t take much for the driver to lose control of this truck.
Medina lives right down the road. She says she heard the crash and tried to help the teen get his brother out.
“We were afraid the car would tilt over even more and go all the way in the water,” she said.
According to CHP, Clarksburg firefighters would arrive 18 minutes later, but it would be too late.
“Maybe if he did drown, we could have gotten him out in time,” said Medina.
She says the brother didn’t want to call his parents to tell them what happened. When the parents finally got there, Medina says it was heartbreaking to witness.
“Hugging her other son and it was really sad,” she said.
CHP says they currently are unsure if the 14-year-old drowned or died from injuries related to the crash.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.