By Mary O’KEEFE
A 17-year-old crashed the vehicle he was driving into a utility pole in the 4400 block of Ramsdell Avenue in front of Crescenta Valley High School’s MacDonald Auditorium Tuesday afternoon at the end of the lunch period.
About 1:10 p.m. the male driver was bringing a friend back from lunch. He was traveling southbound on Ramsdell Avenue.
“A car that was parked on the side pulled out in front of me,” teenager said.
The driver swerved to miss hitting the vehicle and lost control running into the utility pole.
“If he hadn’t swerved the other car would have most likely hit him,” said Officer Ming-Yang hsu.
The driver of the car that pulled in front of the teen’s vehicle did not stop.
A CVHS security guard witnessed the accident. The driver did not report any injuries and, although the area is busy at lunchtime, no pedestrian was injured.
“We are lucky that no one was hurt. This could have been very bad, “ hsu said.
The driver was not a past or present Crescenta Valley High School student. At the time of the accident his license had been suspended due to a previous driving under the influence charge.
He said he had not driven since the suspension but wanted to get his friend to school.
“I was just going to drop her off,” he said.
The vehicle he was driving belonged to a friend’s mother.
Southern California Edison responded to the accident. About 3 p.m. workers cut power to the pole that fed the high school. Many afterschool events were canceled due to the power outage. The power was restored during the night.
“We had power this morning,” said Principal Micele Doll. “We just had to wait on our Internet connection.”
CHP is investigating the accident.