A child is tragically dead following a single-vehicle crash in Placerville, authorities have reported. The California Highway Patrol has confirmed the death of a six-year-old girl after the vehicle she was in apparently overturned. An investigation into this horrific fatal car accident is still underway and, for the moment, no charges against the driver appear to be forthcoming. 

According to the limited information provided by the accident report, it appears the vehicle was traveling on Latrobe Road when it drifted too far to the left. The driver, who has not been identified publicly by police at this time, appeared to over correct in an attempt to return to the right lane. This caused the car to flip over and land in a ditch on the side of the road. 

The driver’s injuries were described as minor by first responders on the scene, but the 6-year-old girl, who was a passenger in the back seat of the vehicle, was airlifted to a local hospital with serious injuries. She was pronounced dead some time later. At the moment, police have not revealed the relationship between the driver and the child. They have clarified that both occupants were wearing seat belts, however. 

The loss of a child is an unspeakable tragedy, and California authorities will continue to investigate this fatal car accident to determine whether the fault for her death lies with the driver. In cases such as these, negligence and recklessness can play a role in the outcome of an accident. Whether or not authorities choose to file charges against the driver in criminal court, the family of the deceased child may still be in a position to file for wrongful death in a civil setting. The relationship between driver and child may or may not play a role in that decision, but it is not unheard of for family members to sue for damages even if they are related to one another.