San Diego Police investigators say there were 16 teenagers packed into a Ford Expedition that rolled over on Muirlands Vista Way, according to an NBC7 San Diego news report. It was initially reported that there were 13 minors in the vehicle when the driver lost control on a curve Saturday night.
Authorities did not cite the driver, who is not suspected of driving under the influence. According to NBC7, an beer can was found at the scene. It is thought that the weight of the overloaded vehicle caused the accident. The SUV is designed to seat seven passengers.
There has been no word on whether the driver—or any of the other occupants, who ranged in age from 13 to 17—could still be cited. The NBC7 reports raises the possibility of tickets for unrestrained passengers, open container, driving at an unsafe speed, and provisional license violations.
Under California provisional license regulations, minor drivers "may not transport passengers under age 20, and may not drive between the hours of 11:00 PM and 5:00 AM without parent/other driver as specified in Section 12814.6 CVC" for the first 12 months they are licensed.
According to the NBC7 report, authorities confirmed the driver had only a provisional license.
Five teenagers were injured in the accident, one suffered a broken leg.