Two teenagers died and another was seriously injured in an early Sunday crash off of Highway 1 in The Sea Ranch, the CHP said.
The 4:02 a.m. crash happened at Navigators Reach, just north of Pebble Beach in the northern coastal community.
The three teenagers were returning home from a quinceañera in a 1996 Acura Integra when the car ran off of the highway and hit a tree, Officer Marcus Hawkins said.
Driver Jhovani Gonzalez-Marquez, 18, and his front-seat passenger, Aron Gonzalez-Marquez, 14, were pronounced dead at the scene, Hawkins said.
Jason Alanis Marquez, 17, of Pacific Woods, was flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries, Hawkins said.
“He's in critical condition,” the officer said Sunday night.
Alcohol has not been ruled out as a contributing factor, he said.
It appeared the car was going too fast for a right-hand curve in the road, he said.
It crossed the double-yellow line and began spinning counter-clockwise before sliding off the west side and hitting the tree, he said.
The interior cab of the car was crushed in part because the car rolled but also because it hit a low branch, Hawkins said.
Fire Capt. Eric Pastrama said firefighters arrived from the nearby Sea Ranch station to find a mangled sedan with the roof collapsed down to the window sill. Extricating the victims from the crushed car was difficult and required cutting parts of the car away, he said.
Cal Fire, South Coast fire, Sea Ranch volunteers, a sheriff's deputy and the CHP responded.
A Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital nursing supervisor would not comment late Sunday on Marquez's condition.