Sacramento County, California – February 17, 2013
Police say a teenager died Sunday when a vehicle flipped on a highway in the Sacramento area.
According to troopers with the California Highway Patrol, an unidentified motorist was behind the wheel of a vehicle as it traveled west along Interstate 80. As the driver approached Exit 86 (Interstate 5), around 11:10 p.m., he apparently lost control.
Investigators say the car overturned, ejecting a female juvenile passenger. Paramedics responded to the scene, but were unable to save the girl, who was reportedly not restrained by a safety belt.
Meanwhile, the driver and two other occupants were also hospitalized. Impact Teen Drivers was formed in 2008 to stop reckless and distracted driving among teens. In its mission as an advocate for the victims of traffic accidents, FindMyAccident has partnered with Impact Teen Drivers to protect young drivers in California and across the United States.
UPDATE: Friends and family have identified the deceased victim as Liana Kotsura, 18. She reportedly attended Futures High School and active in RGT Youth, a Russian-American youth Christian organization.
UPDATE: A memorial service to honor Ms. Kotsura has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20 at Roseville’s Light of the Gospel Missionary Church. The church is also accepting donations to help the family with funeral expenses.
A YouTube tribute video has also been posted in her honor.
UPDATE: The driver has been identified as 18-year-old Sacramento resident Vladimir Sushinsky. Reports indicate that he was driving a red 1998 Acura sedan.
Paramedics took Mr. Sushinsky to Mercy San Juan Medical Center. Meanwhile, a female passenger, 17, and an 18-year-old male passenger, David Tkachuk, were transported to the University of California-Davis for treatment.
UPDATE: A Facebook memorial page honoring Ms. Kotsura has been established. A message there has asked for remembrances to be read at her memorial service on Wednesday, February 20.
Meanwhile, a memorial fund is accepting donations via FundRazr.
UPDATE: Full video of Ms. Kotsura’s memorial service has been posted on YouTube.
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