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Girl Dies When Stolen Vehicle Overturns

Los Angeles | IN BRIEF / MALIBU

September 08, 2002|From Times Staff Reports

A 15-year-old girl died when a carload of teenagers in a stolen sport utility vehicle overturned early Saturday on a narrow canyon road, the California Highway Patrol said.

Maria Rincon of San Fernando died at the scene. The driver and four other passengers were treated at local hospitals for moderate injuries.

Jose Esau Vargas, 18, of San Fernando, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence, driving without a license and possessing a stolen car, Officer Leland Tang said.

Vargas was driving a 2002 Nissan Exterra north on Malibu Canyon Road about 3 a.m. at high speed when he failed to make a curve, investigators said. Besides Rincon, four passengers, ages 15 to 17, were trapped and had to be pulled from the wreckage by firefighters.

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