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Teen killed in DUI crash with friend at the wheel
FREMONT, Calif. (KGO) -- The families of two best friends are coping with the consequences of drinking and driving. One boy was too drunk to drive his own car, so his friend took the wheel, even though he was drunk too. The car spun out of control at Durham Road and Topaz Way in Fremont, killing 17-year-old Jason Park.
Even though Jay and Lisa Park are mourning the death of their son Jason their hearts go out to the family of the suspected drunk driver.
"I see their life is even more challenging than us," Jay Park said. "This burden, this kind of memory they'll have to live with for the rest of their life."
Police say Jason and his two friends, all 17 years of age, had been drinking when Jason's Nissan Xterra veered off the road and slammed into a tree at 1 a.m. on Sunday.
Investigators say Jason was too drunk to drive his own car so his best friend took the wheel with Jason in the front passenger seat and the third friend in back.
Police would not release the driver's name, but they say he's facing DUI and manslaughter charges.
"He wanted to take my son home, and he volunteered without knowing how intoxicated he was," Jay Park said.
The impact of the deadly wreck has shaken all of Jason's friends At Mission San Jose High School and even officers in the Fremont Police Department.
"A lot of our officers have teenagers and this incident has really made us all take a step back," Fremont Police Department spokesperson Geneva Bosques said. "Many of us are speaking with our own kids."
Jason's parents say they had open conversations about teen drinking. He even signed a contract promising not to drink and drive.
"We always trusted him, but as a parent we're always worried," Lisa Park said. "We're always worried."
Investigators now want to know where the boys got drunk and how they got the alcohol.
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