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UNLICENSED DRIVER INJURES 7 IN COLLISION WITH ONCOMING CAR

Seven people were injured - including two youths - when an unlicensed driver drifted into oncoming traffic north of Tooele on Thursday.

A car driven by a 16-year-old from Twin Falls, Idaho, was northbound on U-36 when the car drifted into the southbound lane and struck a car about three miles south of Lakepoint.The driver, who was in the area to visit her mother, has never obtained a driver's license, said Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Thayne Carlisle.

She suffered severe cuts and lacerations to her face and head and was transported to Tooele Valley Hospital.

As it left the northbound lane about 2:20 p.m., her car clipped a Hyundai driven by Janice Nielson, 20, Granstville. Nielson tried to avoid the car and was not injured.

The unlicensed driver's car then crossed the center line and struck a southbound Chevrolet Corsica, injuring a child and a teenager who were not wearing seat belts in the back seat. Michael Stewart, 5, and Amber Stansfield, 16, were flown to University Hospital. Stansfield received a broken nose, and Stewart is in serious condition at Primary Children's Hospital.

An 11-month-old baby, who was in a car seat, and an unbelted 13-year-old girl, also in the back seat, were not injured.

The children's mother, Karen Mayer, was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The car's driver, Raymond Neisporek, was transported to Tooele Valley Hospital with a broken arm.

Neither passenger in the unlicensed driver's vehicle was wearing a seat belt. Ronald Marshall, 20, Shoshone, Idaho, and Felecia Rollyson, 15, Hansen, Idaho, were both treated at Tooele Valley Hospital.

Citations are pending, Carlisle said.