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.