A Novato teen was arrested for felony DUI this afternoon following a fatal car accident in which his 15-year-old passenger was killed, the California Highway Patrol said.The 16-year-old suspect was driving four passengers west on Novato Boulevard, west of San Marin Drive, at about 11:50 a.m. today when he lost control of his 1990 BMW while going around a curve, the CHP said. The boy was apparently speeding.His car rotated about 180 degrees and crossed a yellow line before stopping directly in the path of a tractor-trailer hauling cattle, the CHP said.The right front of the big rig, a 2005 Kenworth truck, hit the back right side of the BMW, which pushed the BMW into an adjacent field, the CHP said. The car stopped south of Novato Boulevard, facing east.The 15-year-old passenger was declared dead at the scene, the Novato Fire District said.Two 17-year-old passengers were ejected from the BMW and came to rest near the car in the field. They were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital,where one was treated for a concussion and amnesia while the other was treated for critical injuries, the CHP said.The 16-year-old driver and a third 17-year-old passenger were taken to Marin General Hospital. The driver suffered cervical and pelvic fractures, and the 17-year-old suffered a concussion. Leslie Benjamin, a spokeswoman for San Marin High School,said the teens were reportedly students at Novato High School. A Novato High School spokesman referred questions to the CHP.The big-rig driver, 36-year-old Ken Smith of Mountain Home, Idaho, located 40 miles southeast of Boise, was not injured, the CHP said. The driver was arrested at about 3:15 p.m. at Marin General Hospital for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony DUI and driving without a California Driver License, the CHP said.
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