Young child perishes in fatal accident


EL CENTRO –  One child died Saturday, October 14, at around 7:47 p.m. during a single vehicle roll over on Highway 86, according to a California Highway Patrol press release. 

According to the report, Brawley resident Rosalinda Vega, 29, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Trail Blazer southbound on Highway 86 south of Poe Road at a reported speed of 65 miles per hour when she apparently lost control of the Chevrolet, ran off the paved portion of the road, and overturned on to the west dirt shoulder of the road.

There were two minor passengers in the vehicle, and reportedly, a male one-year-old suffered minor injuries and appeared to be properly restrained, and a female, seven-year-old passenger who reportedly received fatal injuries. At this point in the investigation, the seven-year-old passenger appeared to have been unrestrained, the release said.

The driver was transported to El Centro Regional Medical Center and the one-year-old passenger was transported to Rady’s Children’s Hospital, and both are being treated for injuries, according to the release.

The Department of Highway Patrol would like to express to the community to please use appropriate child restraints. The CHP has appointments available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and the public can call 760-312-1800 to make an appointment for car seat checks, installations, and/or to apply for one of the grant seats available.