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Distracted Teen Dies in Car Crash, Cell Phone Not a Factor

On Behalf of / Friday, 28 March 2014 / Published in Car Accident, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death

Teen Driver Dies in Car Accident, Wasn’t Due to Cell Phone

According to the California Highway Patrol officials, a 16 year old high school boy was killed in a head on collision. They do not think that his cell phone was a distraction to him.

The teen that was killed was Julian Fraire. He was a junior at the Steel Canyon High School. The 16 year old died on March 20th. While he was driving, he became distracted for unknown reasons. He was driving a minivan when he had drifted across the double yellow lines.

Due to crossing lanes, Julian ended up collided head-on with a Ford F-450 truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident happened in the 2900 block of Steele Canyon Road. This is just two miles from the high school he attended. The truck driver was taken to the local hospital for some minor injuries.

The California Highway Patrol investigators took Julian’s phone so they could review his phone records. They wanted to see if maybe this is what could have caused the distraction. However, according to California Highway Patrol Officer, Kevin Pearlstein there were no indication that he was texting or talking on the phone at the time of the crash.

Officer Pearlstein’s statement about Cell Phone Records

Julian’s phone was inspected and there was no evidence of him either texting or talking on his cell phone. The last text was from the night before. Also, the last call either incoming or outgoing was also the night before. Therefore it is determined he was not using his cell phone prior to this collision.

The crash is still under investigation at this time. The California Highway Patrol had previously stated that they did not believe speed, drugs, or alcohol was a factor in this crash.

On Wednesday night, Julian’s friends, family, and other classmates held a candlelit in his honor at the High School. Since Julian’s death the counselors have been helping the students deal with their grief.

You can Donate to Julian’s memory

A memorial fund has also been set up to support the Fraire family. Donations can be made to Mission Federal Credit Union – The Julian Fraire Memorial Fund. They can be dropped off at any Mission Federal Credit Union Branch or at Steele Canyon High School.


Aguirre Morris & Severson LLP