Turlock police: 17-year-old girl killed in car crash

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) -- A 17-year-old girl died Saturday night after the car she was a passenger in was struck by an SUV, according to the Turlock Police Department.

Investigators said the crash happened on Saturday at the intersection of West Avenue South and Angelus Street in Turlock at around 5:07 p.m.

The victim has been identified as Turlock High School student Thaily Gutierrez, according to police officials.

Gutierrez was in the car with her friend, another 17-year-old girl, who was driving both of them to a concert, according to Gutierrez's family.

The two girls were in a sedan traveling west on Angelus Street when the car stopped at a stop sign, investigators said. An SUV, driven by an 18-year-old man, was traveling south on West Avenue South, which did not have a stop sign at the intersection, according to officials.

Investigators said the sedan crossed into the intersection and was hit on the passenger side by the SUV. Bystanders were able to remove the driver from the wreck and provide CPR, which caused her to regain consciousness, officials said.

Gutierrez was pinned inside the sedan and had to be removed from the wreckage by the Turlock Fire Department, according to officials. Officials said both girls had life-threatening injuries and were taken to a local area hospital for treatment.

A few hours later, Gutierrez died from her injuries, police said.

Officials said the driver is in serious but stable condition. Her friends told FOX40 that she awoke from her coma Monday and is showing signs of improvement.

Gutierrez's 11-year-old sister Lynette told FOX40 Gutierrez had aspirations of becoming a doctor.

"We always talked to each other, what we wanted, what kind of car and stuff. So, that's how we sat down in her bed and talked about it," said Lynette. "She's gonna always love me. I said I'm gonna follow her dreams."

"She was like a really good person that I don't think she deserved to go but I guess everybody goes at some point," said friend April Ruiz.

The family also said that Gutierrez's parents were also headed to the same concert the victims were going to Saturday. A vigil is being held Tuesday night to help raise funds for Gutierrez's family.

Police said the driver of the SUV did not require medical attention, remained on scene and is being cooperative with the investigation. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the incident, however, the speed of the vehicle is, according to officials.

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