Sonora, CA– A 15-year-old boy suffered major injuries in vehicle accident Sunday morning in Sonora.
According to the Sonora Police Department, the accident occurred at around 9:30 am on Stockton Road, just east of Highway 108. Sonora Police, the CHP and medical units responded to the solo rollover accident.
The 20-year-old driver, Shawn Helfrich, told officers he was driving his 1994 Corvette on Stockton Road when he looked down at his radio. When he looked up, he saw a small animal in the roadway and swerved to avoid it. Helfrich then struck the embankment, causing the car to flip over.
Helfrich and his 16 year old male passenger pulled a second male passenger, age 15, from the front seat of the car. The 15 year old sustained major head trauma and was airlifted to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. Helfrich complained of pain and was transported by ambulance to Sonora Regional Medical Center for treatment. The 16 year old male passenger was uninjured.