Five sustain minor injuries in dramatic rollover crash

Five juveniles were inside a car when the vehicle rolled multiple times on North Whidbey.

Five juveniles were inside a car — including one in the trunk — when a speeding car rolled multiple times on North Whidbey on July 4, according to fire and law enforcement officials.

Miraculously, nobody was seriously injured.

Just before 2 a.m., a juvenile driver lost control of a Nissan 350Z Coupe near the intersection of Highway 20 and Troxell Road, rolling 100 to 150 feet. The occupants were all between the ages of 14 and 17, according to North Whidbey Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Jobie Gause.

According to Washington State Patrol Sgt. Anthony Califano, the driver did not have a license but only a permit and was cited with reckless driving and released on the scene. No intoxication was suspected, the sergeant said.

Two of the passengers were not wearing seatbelts, while another one was traveling inside the trunk of the small car, Califano said. Another passenger fled the scene.

According to Gause, the passengers all reported minor injuries, including some “scratches and torn pants” but did not need to be taken to the hospital. Gause, who joined the scene soon after the Island County Sheriff’s Office, said he was shocked no one had died after he saw the wreckage, calling the event “nothing but a miracle.”

The car, which he suspects was traveling at 100 miles per hour, rolled about five to seven times, causing a rear wheel to “snap off” in the process. The car’s make was barely recognizable upon first inspection, he said.

He recalled a similar accident that had occurred in that area, where the victim flew through the windshield and died.

“Those kids shouldn’t even be alive,” he said.