CHIRIACO SUMMIT — Several people, including one adult and three children, were ejected from a van that crashed and overturned Wednesday, July 12. One of the three juveniles ejected from the van, a 10-year-old boy, died at the scene from injuries received when he was thrown from the over-turning vehicle. The fatal, solo-vehicle accident happened on the eastbound I-10, two miles west of Chiriaco Summit, according to officials.
According to CHP officials, the van, which was designed to carry seven people, had eight occupants and none of the four ejected from the van were believed to have been wearing seat belts.
It was not immediately known if the other four occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision.
In addition to the 10-year-old who died at the scene, a 44-year-old woman, 16-year-old boy and 9-year-old boy were all ejected from the overturning van. All were seriously injured.
Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials later identified the deceased boy as Delawrence Grant III, 10, of Victorville. Grant was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck at 1:23 a.m., about one hour after the accident happened.
Emergency first responders rushed to the scene of the wreck about 12:35 a.m., after other motorists and witnesses called 911 to report the rollover accident with “multiple ejections.”
Eighteen firefighters from four engine companies and one truck company responded to the wreck, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Tawny Cabral.
“The first arriving chief officer reported one vehicle rolled over with victims trapped,” Cabral explained. “There were six victims in total.” At least three occupants, all children, were ejected from the vehicle, Cabral explained. Two additional occupants were uninjured in the wreck.
Firefighters used the “Jaws of Life” to extricate two trapped victims from the mangled wreckage of the van. After they were cut free from the van, they were eventually transported by Careflight and Mercy Air Ambulance to area hospitals. Both reportedly suffered moderate injuries.
While medical personnel evaluated, treated and eventually transported the injured victims, California Highway Patrol officers investigated the cause of the deadly crash.
During their investigation, CHP officials determined the driver of the Dodge van, identified as a 67-year-old Tarzana man, attempted to avoid collision with a tractor-trailer semi truck when the driver lost control and the van rolled over into the center dirt median.
During their investigation, officials called for the temporary closure of the number one lane of the eastbound I-10. Officials reopened the roadway about four hours later at 4:30 a.m.
CHP’s investigation into the fatal accident is active and ongoing.