Wave of car crashes hits Watsonville

California Highway Patrol officer Aaron Warnke studies a VW Tiguan that tore through a fence Tuesday morning at the corner of East Lake Avenue at Carlton Road. — Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — A rash of vehicle crashes around Watsonville kept emergency crews busy Tuesday. At one point emergency officials had to call an ambulance from as far away as Zayante, 27 miles to the north, to assist with trips to the hospital.

The day started off when a 15-year-old girl allegedly plowed into two parked cars on Walker Street just before 10 a.m. Though she drove off, police caught up with her minutes later on nearby West Fifth Street, where she parked the car, thanks to a witness who followed her.

After striking the cars in a red Mercury Mark VII, the girl left the scene and drove around the neighborhood with one front wheel locked up, which left a black skid mark through the streets. Police are investigating the incident as a hit and run since the unlicensed girl drove off after the crashes.

No injuries were reported. A Prius, the first parked car struck, was totaled.

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Watsonville Police inspect a Toyota Prius after a 15-year-old girl reportedly plowed her Chrysler car into this car and another parked car Tuesday on Walker Street. — Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian

The owner of the second sedan that was hit worked at the nearby Caliber Collision.

Just over an hour later a woman driving a Toyota Camry reportedly ran a stop sign at Carlton Road while driving west on Highway 152.

Her gold car, with two women and a man aboard, bashed into the front end of a VW SUV that was traveling north on Carlton Road. The VW sailed through a nearby wood fence before coming to a rest in an agriculture field. Three women and a man were injured in that 11 a.m. incident.

The CHP said it appeared the male passenger in the rear seat of the Camry was not wearing a seat belt. The impact threw him into the front of the car where he smashed into the dashboard. Watsonville Fire assisted Cal Fire at the scene.

At noon a man driving a Ford Fiesta slammed into three parked cars on East Lake Avenue near Beck Street. Police said he was checking his cell phone and lost sight of the road.

Watsonville Police said the driver, who had a female passenger, rammed into the rear of a parked Chrysler Mark VII. The Chrysler was shoved into a parked Dodge Dakota pickup, which was then pushed into a parked utility van from the Pajaro Valley Unified School District.

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A woman was injured in a bizarre four-vehicle crash on East Lake Avenue just before noon Tuesday. — Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian

The female passenger suffered minor to moderate injuries.

At 1:10 p.m. there was another crash, a car vs. pole, on Freedom Boulevard at Davis Avenue. One injury was reported.

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