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Andy Johnson, 18

Sierra Weatherbee, 17

Brianna McAllister, 17

-- Car Accident

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CLEARLAKE- Local young people reacted with sadness this week to the death of 18-year-old Andy Johnson of Clearlake, who was killed with three other young people in an automobile crash near Eureka last Friday.

Johnson was among a close-knit group of young people who take part in bicycle motocross.

"All the boys were devastated," said BMX parent Denise Claiche via e-mail. "We found out about two hours after the accident on Friday night. My son could not stop sobbing. I felt so useless because I couldn't make it better."

Claiche added, "All the local boys met in his honor at the skate park Saturday to support each other."

Michele Bush, another parent of a local BMXer, added that Johnson was also involved in the local skateboarding community. "He kind of bridged the two groups."

The collision took place on U.S. Highway 101. The Eureka Times-Standard reported that the car that the young people were riding in collided with a sport utility vehicle driven by 39-year-old Bobby Crum of Redding. Crum sustained moderate injuries in the collision.

The four teens were headed southbound, according to the Crescent City-area CHP, when for reasons unknown they lost control of their vehicle, hit a guardrail and then rolled into the northbound lanes. The driver of the SUV was unable to avoid the car and hit it.

Johnson and the other young people Sierra Weatherbee and Brianna Hyatt McAllister, both age 17 and from Rio Dell, and 17-year-old John Scott of Eureka were pronounced dead at the scene.



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