Bishop boy, 14, charged with felonies after collision injures juvenile passengers

A troubling accident occurred Tuesday night, with a 14-year-old Bishop boy being charged with Felony DUI among other felonies with five juvenile passengers also in the vehicle that rolled several times.


The press release from the California Highway Patrol states:

“On Jan. 19 at approximately 6:26 pm, a 14-year-old juvenile was driving a 2003 Buick Rendevouz eastbound on Bir Road just west of Barlow Lane with five juvenile passengers, one of which was seated in the trunk of the vehicle..

“While the juvenile was driving and texting on his cellular phone, he failed to maneuver through a curve in the road. The vehicle left the roadway and collided with a large boulder, causing the vehicle to roll several times.

“The vehicle came to rest on its roof within the roadway of Bir Rd. The driver and all the passengers left the collision scene without notifying law enforcement authorities.

“Approximately one hour after the collision, CHP was notified of several parties that checked themselves into Northern Inyo Hospital. The driver was contacted by CHP at Northern Inyo Hospital and during the course of a DUI investigation, the juvenile driver was placed under arrest for Felony DUI, Felony Hit and Run and Felony Child Endangerment.

“This collision is still under investigation by CHP.”

A CHP spokesman noted the DUI was not necessarily alcohol-related.

The collision report states that along with the driver, there were two 14-year-old boys, two 14-year-old girls and a 12-year-old girl in the vehicle

The 12-year-old girl suffered major injuries, the driver suffered moderate injuries, one of the 14-year-old girls suffered moderate injuries and the other minor injuries. One of the 14-year-old boys had minor injuries, and the other 14-year-old male passenger had unknown injuries.


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26 Responses to Bishop boy, 14, charged with felonies after collision injures juvenile passengers

  1. Debbie McCormick January 22, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

    Going to Taco Bell?? In a stolen car, with a 14 year old driving? Not buying it. LUCKY no one is dead. Minimizing what they told their parents is a joke. THEY LIED, and could have died. Wake up, Mama and Daddy….you got problems!!!

    • Wondering January 25, 2016 at 11:59 am #

      THANK YOU @Debbie McCormick! Holy cow….it scares me that some of the people here responding ARE parents. If this was my child their ass would be in a ringer! It is serious and they are so lucky that none of them were injured seriously or dead. I hope and pray that the families see this as a wake up call, and not just think “this is what teenagers do”.

  2. me January 21, 2016 at 4:49 pm #

    I know the girls involved and the are top 10 in there class they play sports and have good grades the parents were told they were going to taco bell and were shocked when they heard the news …..

  3. Greg January 21, 2016 at 4:28 pm #

    Captain obvious
    We are darn lucky we are not looking at a funeral right now! Somebody better wake up..

  4. Warpaint January 21, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    Low inyo- you are funny guy. I can’t find anywhere where I said they shouldn’t be punished. I said, if it was your kid you wouldnt want him in jail till he’s 40. They are kids. Kids make mistakes.
    Reading your many comments on this site, it’s apparent to me that you like to take someone’s opinion and twist it to satisfy your narrative.

    Sad and unfortunate. Things like this happen. I’m sure the kids that read this, are not gonna say hey someone on Sierra wave said it’s OK and he said things like this happen. I can do it too.


    • Low-Inyo January 21, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

      Warpaint….and I quote you…” things like this happen….blaming anyone is ridiculous “…can’t that be translated as you saying they shouldn’t be punished ?.come on,man…your post makes it seem it’s the norm for 14 year olds to get drunk and/or high,load up the family vehicle with their friends,including a passenger in the trunk,probably the 12 year old, crash the said vehicle,and then flee the scene of the accident…. and then show up at the hospital all busted up,and I’ll bet ten dollars with some made-up story how they all got that way.

      • Warpaint January 22, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

        slow inyo – Please refer to the last line of my last post I even used CAPS hoping you wouldn’t miss it. Apparently you did, or maybe my opinion of you twisting others people’s opinion to satisfy your narrative may hold some water.

        I will no longer respond to you on this subject. Im sure your not done yet so you may have the last word.
        I look forward to hearing how my comments sound a certain way. According to the great LOW-INYO

        • Low-Inyo January 22, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

          watercolors….thank you for the last word….

  5. DESCO January 21, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

    Like the “affluenza” guy killing four people, just being a kid.

    • Low-Inyo January 23, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

      DESCO….the VERY few “thumbs down ” you got there,guess some really do think if your under 18 years old,there is ALWAYS some type of excuse to be made for their behavior… always someone else’s fault when a “child ” does wrong… consequences allowed.

  6. Warpaint January 20, 2016 at 9:04 pm #

    This is sad and unfortunate. Things like this happen blaming anyone is ridiculous. If your kid was the driver you wouldn’t want him thrown away in jail till he’s 40. Mistakes happen. I’m sorry for all the families and the kids involved. Let’s pray they all recover from there injuries.

    • Low-Inyo January 21, 2016 at 8:00 am #

      Warpaint…”sad and unfortunate….things like this happen…blaming anyone is ridiculous..mistakes happen…sorry for the kids involved “…hopefully,these kids involved don’t read your post,cause if they do,maybe next time it will involve innocent people getting injured or losing their lives.What they did was wrong,and there should be some type of penalties for THEIR actions,not looked at as “kids being kids” and acceptable behavior.What I’m praying for is they don’t do it again and take out some innocent family of 4 on a Sunday drive.

  7. Rick OB January 20, 2016 at 8:52 pm #

    Racking up a felony DUI at the age of 14… what’s he gonna do when he’s fifteen ? You can bet he was texting his other pals, saying “You’ll never guess what I’m doing”…. California Youth Authority, here I come .

  8. Tinner January 20, 2016 at 7:39 pm #

    I think it’s unfair to blame the parents entirely, how many parents out there can control their kids 100% of the time?
    Peer pressure and the need for acceptance are powerful things when we are kids, I hope these kids learn from this.

  9. Trouble January 20, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

    I hope their all OK. They should put all these kids in mandatory youth activies and sports.

    • trouble#1 January 20, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

      They do play sports. The passengers were not troubled kids. Thanks.

      • Bill Banks January 20, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

        Hmmmm, appears that they are troubled kids. DUI, driving around
        under age, leaving the scene of the accident.

      • Trouble January 21, 2016 at 7:11 am #

        What, you like my name so much you got to steal it?

      • Trouble January 21, 2016 at 7:21 am #

        Trouble #1, as for your comment, I’m sorry if I sounded like I’m angry at all these kids. I’m not . They all should have realized they were doing something wrong just getting in the car. Especially the kid in the trunk. I did a lot of stupid things in my youth, probably a lot more dangerous then this. The difference then was, we didn’t cage our kids up and have mothers agianst drunk driving running our Senate.

        • Low-Inyo January 21, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

          Trouble….I did a lot of stupid things when I was younger too…but the difference back then was when we did them and either caused a problem,like these kids did,or got caught doing them by our parents,we had consequences to pay for our actions..nowdays,when kids do stupid things at the age of 12-14 we all get to see them on the Inyo Sheriffs “citizen RIMS ” page after a couple years when they are arrested for adult crimes……over and over again.

        • Charles O. Jones January 21, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

          The number of annual drunk driving deaths have been cut in half since 1980. I’d say we’re heading in the right direction.

          Hopefully this incident will be a wake-up for all involved and they’ll make better choices in the future.

          • Trouble January 22, 2016 at 5:55 am #

            Charles, I thought deaths are down because of the seat belt laws. How did I get sucked into this conversation again?

          • Charles O. Jones January 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

            I’m sure it’s a combination of factors that have contributed to the decrease in the DUI death rate. Safer cars, more drivers and passengers wearing seatbelts, improved education and awareness, and lastly, stiffer enforcement and penalties. So go ahead and make your typical snide and dismissive comments, but the numbers show we’re making significant progress in reducing the number of DUI deaths. I think that’s a good thing. I would hope you do too.

          • Trouble January 23, 2016 at 8:59 am #

            Charles, ” snide and dismissive, ” That hurts. I had a sixth grade teacher wearing the old habbit, say almost that exact same thing to me. Hummmm.

  10. Low-Inyo January 20, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

    Where in the HELL are the parents ???….are there parents ???

  11. Snowpeep January 20, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

    Wow…get the gallows ready. If not for this offense, the next one!!!!


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