Teen Has Brain Surgery After SUV Crash

Chatsworth man's GMC Denali collides with a Ford Explorer carrying six teens.

A Sherman Oaks teen who suffered a brain injury in a violent crash of two sport utility vehicles is recovering from surgery, authorities said on Monday.

The teen, who was wearing a seatbelt, was the front-seat passenger in a dark-colored 1999 Ford Explorer which flipped in the collision Saturday. One of the four back-seat passengers suffered a broken leg in two places, said Det. Jennifer Ward of the Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division.

The crash happened on rain-slicked Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Plummer Street at about 11 p.m..

The driver of the Explorer, Michael Thrasher, 19, of Sherman Oaks, was turning west from Topanga Canyon Boulevard onto Plummer Street, when his car
was T-boned by a southbound white 2008 GMC Denali driven by Chazz Anderson, 24, of Chatsworth, Ward said.

Anderson was wearing a seat belt and declined medical treatment, Ward said.

Ward said the three females and one male in Thrasher’s SUV suffered minor to severe injuries and not all of them were wearing seat belts when the car flipped over from the impact. Their names were not released.

No arrests were made in the incident, and the cause of the crash remains under investigation, Ward said.

Anderson’s Denali struck the Explorer on the passenger side, Ward said.

Ward said the teens in the Explorer were friends and members of a band. She said she didn’t believe any of them were related, but the musical instruments inside the Explorer were damaged.

A fire department spokesperson said the “Jaws of Life,” a hydraulically powered rescue tool capable of lifting, spreading or cutting with tremendous force, was used to extricate the teens from the Explorer.

luna December 21, 2011 at 01:35 AM
This is really sad. Because of some reckless driver, innocent kids are hurt. Nancy, I hope your son and his friends recover very soon, and that Patrick gets better and doesn't have permanent damage. Please, keep us posted on how they are doing. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!
John December 21, 2011 at 07:27 PM
My prayers for a full and quick recovery go out to your son, you, your family and those close to your son. Please keep us informed.
Melody Forsythe December 21, 2011 at 11:28 PM
Nancy, Patrick and Landon are friends of my daughters. They have been frequent guests in my home. I have contacted several prayer groups in Los Angeles to pray for Patrick's recovery. The parishioners of St. Monica's will being praying for him during all Masses this Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Each person in the church will vocally pronounce Patrick's name in prayer all at the same time. His name will be on their lips and in their hearts. I personally am praying around the clock for him. I am relieved that everyone survived. May you hold everyone you love close to your hearts this holiday season. God Bless Patrick and all of yours Nancy.
Marianne Love December 22, 2011 at 06:32 PM
Hi Nancy, can you please e-mail me at marianne.zap99@yahoo.com? I would like to do a follow up story on the condition of Patrick and talk with your family about the accident. Thank you, Marianne Love, reporter at Chatsworth.Patch.com
RachelD December 25, 2011 at 01:18 AM
Nancy please look into the California Brain injury association and read all the information you can on Tramatic Brain Injury (TBI). I was in an accident years ago and ended up having emergency surgery it is very importiant to be informed so you will be able to help your son recover and so you can get the support he and your family need at this time. I pray for a quick recovery.


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