16-month-old girl ejected from cab of truck in fatal accident in Palm Springs identified

PALM SPRINGS – A 16-month-old girl killed in a crash on eastbound Interstate 10 in Palm Springs was in a child safety seat that was not properly installed, a California Highway Patrol officer said today.

Evelyn Giselle Pinto of Phoenix, Ariz., was thrown from a pickup truck when the rear tire blew out, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, which slammed into the center divider about 11:20 a.m. Sunday, said California Highway Patrol Officer John Quintero.

The toddler, who was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near Indian Canyon Drive, had been strapped into a safety seat, but officers determined the seat was not properly belted into the truck, according to Quintero.

Three other people in the vehicle were unhurt, he said.

Freeway reopened on Palm Springs after fatal crash throws child from pickup

PALM SPRINGS – A child was killed and another person injured today in a crash on a freeway in Palm Springs, according to the California Highway Patrol.

At 11:24 a.m., a pickup truck on eastbound Interstate 10 slammed into the center divider near Indian Avenue, according to the CHP.

The child was ejected and died at the scene.

Another person was hospitalized with moderate injuries.

In all, four family members were in the cab of the truck, and no one was in the bed, a CHP dispatcher said.

The eastbound lanes were closed for an hour and traffic backed up at least to Whitewater before all lanes reopened at 1:50 p.m.

PALM SPRINGS – A child was thrown from a pickup truck and apparently killed as it crashed on Interstate 10 in Palm Springs today, CHP officers said.

The crash was reported at 11:24 a.m. when a yellow pickup driving east slammed into the center divider, sending a child flying out, according to the CHP. The crash was on the four-lane-wide freeway as it approaches Indian Avenue.

Although one death was confirmed by officers at the scene, it was not clear if the victim was the child. Condition reports for other persons involved in the crash were not available, either.

The eastbound lanes were closed for one hour, and some motorists were making illegal U-turns, officers said. At 12:21 p.m. the first and second lanes were opened, dispatchers said, as the coroner arrived and the investigation was ongoing.

The freeway was fully reopened at 1:50, CHP officers said.

3 Responses to "16-month-old girl ejected from cab of truck in fatal accident in Palm Springs identified"

  1. Greg Sr.   September 20, 2010 at 1:47 am

    In almost every accident, any ejected passengers were not wearing a seat belt. The driver of that truck is legally required to ensure all passengers (especially children) are properly secured.

    It’s a shame and a tragedy that any child could die due to the negligence of an adult.

  2. TemMom951   September 20, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Let me guess… the baby wasn’t in a car seat. If a car seat is installed properly and the baby is strapped in snug-like they’re supposed to be-then this sort of thing shouldn’t happen. I noticed the article says four people were in the cab. Standard, crew?? Standard cab=not enough seatbelts for 4 AND a car seat. Hard (and very sad) way to learn a lesson. Poor baby.

  3. Nancy   September 21, 2010 at 5:17 am

    This is a terrible terrible story, I was going westbound and did see this accident, the whole freeway was shut down going east. TemMom951, the truck was a 4 door so the baby seat just wasn’t buckled in right. Im so sorry for their loss..plus those people on that highway drive way too fast…if people would just slow down then there probably wouldn’t be so may fatalities…they would have more control of their vehicle….may you rest in peace little evelyn…you are now an angel…


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