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After seeing a car speed by them Saturday, police found out shortly that it had crashed into a house down the road – mortally wounding a teenage passenger.

Police originally saw the car speed by them around 3:30 a.m. along South Golden State Boulevard. The car headed southbound at a “high rate of speed,” a release notes.

Officers searched for the car and found that it had crashed into a home near Lander and Montana avenues about two miles down the road. Apparently, as investigators note, the car hit a tree first then hit the house.

Bystanders and medics rushed to the aid of 18-year-old Taylor Vessel, who was a passenger in the car. She was partially ejected by the crash and was later pronounced dead at the Emanuel Medical Center.

No one inside the house was hurt in the crash.

Witnesses and surveillance footage captured the driver fleeing the scene, but the person has not been identified at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call Turlock Police at (209) 634-7380, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.