A single-vehicle accident in El Centro has claimed the life of a 7-year-old girl, according to local reports. Single-vehicle car accidents are not always the fault of the driver, but California authorities are still in the process of making that determination in this case. They have not filed charges against the driver at this time.
According to the accident report, around 7:47 p.m. the night of Oct. 14, an SUV driven by a 29-year-old woman was traveling southbound at approximately 65 miles per hour. For reasons that have yet to be determined, the woman lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road. The vehicle overturned on the westbound shoulder, which was not paved. The woman and a 1-year-old boy both suffered injuries described as minor to moderate and were taken to local medical centers.
The 7-year-old female passenger succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead. Apparently she was not properly restrained in the vehicle. It is unclear what the driver’s relationship is to the children, as the identities of those involved have not been made public at this time.
Car accidents that cause the death of a child are monumentally tragic, and the family typically demands a thorough investigation to determine fault, if any exists. California police will continue to investigate this tragic accident in order to determine whether driver error was the cause. It is not common for individuals to file personal injury or wrongful death suits against members of their own family, but neither is it unheard of, so even if the woman turns out to be related to the children, the family may still have legal recourse beyond whatever criminal charge might be filed.
Source: kyma.com, “7-year-old dies after single-vehicle accident,” Blake Keller, Oct. 15, 2017