Investigators with the California Highway Patrol said the vehicle also hit a tree and a fence before it landed upside down in a horse corral. The driver died at the scene, and his three 16 year old passengers were treated and released from a Fresno hospital.
Action News isn't sharing the victim's name because it hasn't officially been released by the Fresno County Coroner's office. All four teens in the vehicle attend school at the Central High School's East Campus, but were heading to pick up a sibling at the West Campus. Grief counselors will be at both schools Wednesday.
Investigators said the passengers in the vehicle were the only witnesses to the crash but they haven't been able to explain what caused the driver to lose control. "The fact is there are no witnesses that could state otherwise or give us an indication to exactly why it happened," said CHP Officer Leonardo Rodriguez.
At this point, there's no indication speed was a factor and all of the survivors were wearing seat belts. However, the first officer to arrive at the scene indicated the driver was not wearing a seat belt.