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A teenaged passenger was killed after a vehicle carrying four occupants crashed into a power pole on a rural road Friday afternoon in San Jose.

According to reports from the California Highway Patrol, the crash took place at around 12:50 p.m., where a green 1996 Acura Integra was traveling northbound on San Felipe Road when the driver lost control and crashed into a power pole along the side of the road.

A man biking through the area, Richard Brockie, came across the accident and notified police, reporting that two were outside the vehicle looking dazed, while the other two were trapped inside the car, which had come to rest upside down next to the damaged pole.

Police and rescue crews arrived on the scene to find 18 year old Steven Pham of San Jose in serious condition, having suffered major injuries that needed immediate treatment. He was rushed to Regional Medical Center where he died the next day, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The driver in the crash also suffered serious injuries and was rushed to the hospital, through his wounds are not considered to be life threatening. The two remaining occupants complained of pains as well, though they were much less severe.

While still on the scene, Brockie told investigators that the location of the accident, about two miles south of the southernmost residential street in the area, is often heavily shaded with patches of white and black ice that can be difficult to see.

While a complete investigation is still ongoing, local police believe that speed played a major role in the crash. It is unclear if drugs or alcohol were also factors, or if any other vehicles influenced the accident. Police will question the occupants of the vehicle to uncover what was happening before the crash, and will test the roads to determine if ice could have also been involved.

If you or someone you know has been hurt in an accident as a result of slippery conditions or high speeds from another driver, you should seek help. Depending on the circumstances that led to your accident, you may be entitled to compensation, which an experienced San Jose accident attorney can help you recover in full.

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