A Ford Silver Sedan smashed into a tree on Wilson Way in Stockton around 8:20 a.m. Friday, injuring five teens and killing the 15-year-old driver.
"The driver lost control of the vehicle. Ultimately traveled off the right hand shoulder," CHP Officer James Smith said.
Investigators say the driver, Dylan Chandler, shouldn’t have been behind the wheel. Chandler didn’t have a license and took the car without his parents’ permission.
Officers say speed also played a role.
"At this time we know they were going in excess of the posted speed limit," Smith said.
A worker at the tire store across the street told us off-camera the kids came in before crash.
He said the kids brought the car to get a new tire and left two behind before speeding away
Claudia Ratcliff told us her son, William, and a 16-year-old passenger showed up at her home after the crash.
"He made it back to my house. They told me there was a wreck," said Ratcliff.
The passengers were all taken to the hospital.
"My son was hurt, I think he's getting stitches in the knee, I'm on my way to the hospital," Ratcliff said. "I just can't believe anyone made it out of the car at all. I'm really relieved."