CHP: Fresno teen dies in car crash after DUI driver collides into a palm tree

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A Fresno teen died in a car crash Wednesday night after an alleged DUI driver crashed into a palm tree during a police chase, according to California Highway Patrol.

Just before 9:30 p.m., CHP got a call about a possible DUI driver, described as driving “all over the roadway.” A CHP officer found the vehicle, followed it, watching it slowly drift into opposing traffic.

The officer flashed his patrol car’s lights and attempted to stop the driver, Sidney Kelley, 20, of Oakland, but she allegedly ran a stop sign, running into the back of another car.

She was driving at around 50 to 60 mph at this point, but as she traveled throughout the city of Chowchilla, her speeds reached up to 105 mph, according to CHP.

That’s when Kelley and her unidentified passenger, 17, struck a palm tree north of Avenue 23 1/2. A Chowchilla Police Officer walked up to the car and found the driver behind the wheel, and the passenger, not wearing a seat belt.

The CHP officers pulled her from the car in an attempt to give her CPR, but EMS pronounced her dead at the scene.

Kelley was taken to Community Regional Medical Center for her injuries. She was found to be unlicensed and under the influence of drugs, according to CHP.

She was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, felony evading causing a fatal injury, felony DUI and driving unlicensed.

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