HESPERIA – A 5-year-old child was killed and four others were injured in a traffic collision early Saturday. At around 3:26 a.m. Hesperia Station deputies and emergency personnel responded to a single-vehicle traffic collision on Ranchero Road east of the Santa Fe Avenue East intersection.
When they arrived they found the Ford Expedition on its side at the bottom of an embankment on the south side of Ranchero Road. The driver, Raymond Ortega was located at the vehicle and told emergency personnel that four children, ages 11, 5, and 7-month-old twins were inside at the time of the collision.
A 5-year-old boy died as a result of the injuries sustained and was pronounced dead at the scene, Sheriff officials said.
Mercy Air was called to airlift the remaining three children, all with “serious, potentially life-threatening injuries” to Loma Linda Medical Center. Ortega told medical personnel that he was uninjured and refused any medical treatment, county fire officials said.
The Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) responded to the scene to conduct an investigation. Through investigation determined that the vehicle was driving east on Ranchero Road when it hit the curb on the north side of the eastbound lanes of travel, officials said. The vehicle then veered to the south of the roadway, hit the curb, and overturned approximately 100′ down the embankment.
The eastbound lanes Ranchero Road remained closed from Santa Fe to Danbury Avenue until 12:30 p.m. while the investigation took place.
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