A 25-year-old man from Stockton was killed early Sunday morning after being ejected from a speeding car on State Route 99 at the junction of Highway 152, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The driver, 19-year-old Clinton J. Jordan, also of Stockton reportedly lost control of his 2004 Chevy Malibu about 6:20 am on the curve to Hwy 152, struck the metal guardrail at a high rate of speed and went airborne. The car rolled over sideways multiple times, ejecting Jordan and his two male passengers on to the roadway.
Officers rendered aid to the injured and began CPR on the 25-year-old man after finding him without a pulse, but he was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. His name is not being released pending notification of family members.
None of the men were wearing seat belts, according to officers. Jordan and a 21-year-old unidentified man were taken to Community Regional Medical Center with major injuries. Emergency crews said said they were surprised anyone survived being ejected from such a violent and high speed roll over incident.
Jordan could be facing charges of vehicular manslaughter in the crash and death of his passenger.
The collision remains under investigation, with speed and distracted driving being considered as factors in the fatal crash. No alcohol was found at the scene. Toxicology reports are pending.
Officers say seat belts save lives. Traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for people ages 16 to 24 nationwide, according to the National Traffic Safety Board.