Second teen driver in fatal freeway race crash arrested

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A 16-year-old boy who allegedly was racing another
young motorist when he got into a Kearny Mesa freeway crash that killed two
teenage passengers in his car last week was arrested Thursday on suspicion of
vehicular manslaughter and other charges.

The suspect, whose name was withheld because he's a minor, went to the
California Highway Patrol's San Diego station on Pacific Highway along with his
father about 10 a.m. to turn himself in after being notified that an arrest
warrant had been issued for him, CHP public-affairs Officer Art Athans said.

The other driver who was allegedly involved in the speed contest that
led to the fatal crash, 18-year-old Michael S. Johnson of Lakeside, was
scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon. Prosecutors have not yet announced
what charges Johnson will face.

The younger suspect was behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Passat, taking
four other teenagers home from a beach party at La Jolla Shores, when he
allegedly began racing Johnson on eastbound State Route 52 about 11:45 p.m.
April 4.

The boy lost control of the sedan, which careened into a center divider
near Convoy Street, struck a bridge pillar and flipped end over end, Athans
said.

Two back-seat passengers in the Passat, 16-year-old Jayli Campbell and
18-year-old Anthony Foreman, were ejected from the vehicle and killed. It
appeared that neither had been wearing seat belts, Athans said.

The driver of the Volkswagen sustained moderate injuries in the crash.
His other two passenger, a 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl, were
seriously injured.

Johnson, who was driving a Volvo S40 sedan, was not involved in the
crash, and he and his two passengers were uninjured. After questioning him,
officers arrested him on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, driving under the
influence of marijuana and taking part in a speed contest resulting in
injuries, Athans said.

Johnson posted bail the following day and was released from custody.

The 16-year-old driver was found to have been sober at the time of the
accident.

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