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Lancaster Boy, 15, Dies When Jeep Overturns

A 15-year-old Lancaster boy was killed Thursday morning when the Jeep in which he was riding struck a curb and overturned.

Christopher Ragan was rushed to Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead from head injuries suffered in the 8:40 a.m. accident.

Three other teen-agers, including the 16-year-old driver of the 1993 Jeep Cherokee, received minor injuries.

The Jeep was traveling east on Avenue K and struck a curb as the driver attempted to turn north onto 13th Street E, said Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Redding. The vehicle rolled over and came to rest on its roof.

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Sheriff’s traffic investigators are still looking into the cause of the accident.

“We’re not sure,” Redding said. “There were some skid marks and we’ll do a speed analysis.” Two of the four teen-agers were wearing seat belts, but Christopher was not one of them, Redding said.


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