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Victim of Fatal Crash Identified as American Canyon Teen

Tucker Welling, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene of Sunday morning's solo-vehicle collision on Wild Horse Valley Road that injured three passengers, California Highway Patrol Officer G. Garcia said

Updated Jan. 14: Welling's passengers were not all teenagers as originally reported: They are 17, 19 and 21. Please see CHP Identifies Survivors in Fatal Napa County Crash.

Earlier:

An American Canyon teen was killed when his car slammed into a tree on a rural east Napa County road early this morning.

The collision injured three other passengers, one critically.

Tucker Welling, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, California Highway Patrol Officer G. Garcia said.

About 1:35 a.m., Welling was driving a 2012 or 2013 Chevy Impala on Wild Horse Valley Road when he lost control, struck a fence and plowed into a tree, splitting the Impala in two, Garcia said.

Wellings' three passengers, all American Canyon residents, were taken by ambulance to Queen of the Valley Medical Center.

One of the victims was then airlifted to U.C. Davis Medical Center, in critical condition, Garcia said.

The names of the three passengers have not been released pending notification of the next of kin, he said.

As of this time, investigators do not know if alcohol or drugs played a part in the fatality, Garcia said.

“We suspect speed could be a factor,” he said.

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Deryck Wermig January 16, 2013 at 08:45 AM
I was lucky enough to spend Christmas with Tucker and his family, I was always very impressed by Tucker. One of the nicest kids I've ever met. There was just something very special about him. I will miss him.
Terry & Joseph Briggs January 17, 2013 at 05:38 AM
Tucker was an awesome young man. Always happy, smiling and huggable. He will be truly missed by Joseph & Terry Briggs. Our thoughts and prayers are will Dennis and his family. Ryan is Joseph's cousins kid and would like to say to Ryan we are glad you are alive and you will get through this with the help of God, Family and Friends. Everyone remember to keep faith. Be thankful every day we are given life.
Ronald L. Rolls January 17, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Tucker was a unique and sweet person. Our prayers to his girlfriend,family and many friends.
Dennis Welling January 23, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Hello Steve - This is Tucker Welling's father, Dennis Welling. I would greatly appreciate it if you could contact me 707-363-6438. I would like to retrieve any articles from the scene that may have belonged to my son. I can show you proof of my identity when we meet, and would appreciate you only communicating with me regarding my son. There have been people claiming to be family on the site that I do not know. Thank You Very Much
Chif McNerd June 14, 2013 at 02:40 PM
danggg, i remember doing german for 2 years with that guy, he was pretty smart but he never came to school; much respect to the man i saw him choke out Easten Breezy one time it was so funny. RIP to one mayne yokin' the pala' a lil too hard.

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