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11-Year-Old Boy Killed in Rollover

Jonathan Hernandez10 months ago

A boy died on Monday in a rollover accident after the vehicle he was in was struck from behind by another driver.

Details about the Fatal Accident Involving the Child

FOX News 5 is reporting that an 11-year-old boy from San Bernardino County was killed and another four other people were injured when their SUV was hit from behind on Interstate 15 and rolled over several times on Monday, according to the authorities.

The 18-year-old man from Chino was behind the wheel of a 2013 Dodge Challenger that hit the back of the Chevy Trailblazer, was one of the people that was injured in the accident, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt.

The accident happened on the interstate near Gopher Canyon Road at about 9:30 p.m. on Monday. The impact of the crash sent the SUV veering into the divider and caused it to begin to roll. An 11-year-old boy from Crestline, whose identity was not made immediately available, was ejected from the back seat of the vehicle and died at the scene of the accident.

The other three passengers in the vehicle all sustained minor injuries, as did the 18-year-old driver of the Challenger. All of them were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries.

The driver of the SUV, a 27-year-old man, was apparently not injured and took two of the victims to Rady Children’s Hospital himself.

The California Highway Patrol further indicated that the accident remains under investigation, but alcohol or drugs do not appear to have been factors in the incident.

Important Information about Child Safety

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • Car accidents were the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 4 and 11 in 2012.
  • There was an average of about three children 14 and younger that were killed and another 462 that were injured every day in the United States in 2012.
  • Children 12 and under are safest when they are properly secured in the back seat of motor vehicles. 

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