Teenager burned at Boca kegger party
Friday night at approximately 11:30 p.m., Truckee resident Christa Williams, 19, fell into a bonfire at a high school party near Boca Reservoir and suffered first and second-degree burns on her arms, chest and nose.
Williams was quickly pulled from the fire by a Tahoe Truckee High School student, who, along with three other fellow and former students, immediately began first aid on Williams. Three of the people had first-aid training and one is a certified EMT and firefighter.
The party, made up mostly of high school-aged kids, was located approximately five miles away from the reservoir in an area that party organizers had hoped would be impossible for law enforcement officers to find, party attendees said.
Due to the remote location, Williams rescuers were unable to receive cell phone service and had to drive her to the Boca dam where she was transferred to an ambulance.
Williams was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital, where she was stabilized before being flown early Saturday morning to the burn center at the U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. She was listed as being in serious condition at the time of her transfer.
According to Monika Williams, Christa’s mother, Christa was expected to be released from the hospital and return home either Tuesday or Wednesday.
“The point is that we have four heroes here in Truckee and they really went above and beyond the call of duty,” said Monika Williams of the young men who helped save her daughter. “My daughter would be dead,” she added.
Officers from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, the Truckee Police Department and the California Highway Patrol later broke up the party, which eye-witnesses estimate had approximately 60-plus kids in attendance.
Lt. Lee Osborn of the sheriff’s office reported that sheriff’s deputies cited one juvenile at the party for a minor in possession of alcohol and another for public drunkenness. Both juveniles, whose names were not released, were released to the custody of their parents.
CHP Public Affairs Officer Kirk Bromell was able to verify that the cellular 911 call about Williams’ injuries came through the CHP’s dispatch center, and Sgt. Rick Christensen of the Truckee Police Department said that two Truckee police officers responded to the scene to assist deputies in breaking up the party Friday night.
Apparently, many kids at Friday’s party were not seriously affected by the events, as Placer County sheriff’s deputies broke up another large gathering of more than 100 kids on Saturday night, confiscated two kegs of beer and handed out several citations for drinking and possession of marijuana, according to a press release. Many of the kids in attendance Saturday had also been at the Boca party where Williams was burned.
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