SAN JOSE -- An 18-year-old who died after the car he was riding in slammed into a power pole on a rural road Friday has been identified as Steven Pham, of San Jose.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Pham was a passenger in a green 1996 Acura Integra that was traveling north on San Felipe Road when the driver lost control and struck the pole around 12:50 p.m.

Pham was gravely injured and succumbed to his wounds Saturday at Regional Medical Center in San Jose, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's Office.

The driver sustained serious injuries in the crash, but they were not considered life-threatening, while the other passengers in the car had complaints of pain, according to the CHP.

Richard Brockie, who works near the site of the crash, was out for a bicycle ride when he came across the accident and called 911.

He said two passengers were out of the vehicle and looked dazed, while the other two were stuck in the car, which had come to rest upside down next to the skewed pole.

Brockie said that the section of the road where it happened, about two miles south of the southernmost residential street in Evergreen Valley, is heavily shaded and had patches of white and black ice.

While officials said it appears that speed played a role in the crash, no further information about the investigation was available Monday.

Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.


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