On the afternoon of June 7, a distracted California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer caused a rear-end accident that resulted in the death of a Northern California teen, according to investigators.
The fatal victim was identified as Weston Sites, 15, of Willows, a student at Willows High School. He was sitting in the back seat of a vehicle when it was rear-ended at around 3:30 p.m. The deadly crash occurred on northbound Interstate 5, south of Orland. Sites died at the scene.
Two female passengers who were also in the car with Sites were taken to a nearby hospital with unknown injuries. They were later released.
More details, including the identity of the distracted officer, are pending at this time.
An investigation is being conducted by an outside team.