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Child fatality on Highway 14 Freeway

Posted: October 17, 2009 8:20 p.m.
Updated: October 17, 2009 8:20 p.m.
 
A three-year-old girl died Saturday afternoon after she was ejected in a two-car collision on the northbound side of Highway 14 Freeway, said California Highway Patrol officials.

CHP is investigating the use of the child’s passenger restraints.

“That means we can neither confirm nor deny that the child was properly restrained at this time,” said CHP Sgt. Matthew Hill.

Hill could not say whether the child was in a car seat or not.

The child’s grandfather, Martin Borunda of Los Angeles, was traveling northbound at approximately 65 to 70 miles per hour when the left tire of his Chevrolet Astro experienced tread separation, according to a CHP report.

Borunda, 46, was unable to control his vehicle which travelled out of control to the east toward a Toyota Camry.

The male driver of the Camry, Gregg Allen Richmond of Canyon Country, could not avoid Borunda’s vehicle and his car struck the front side of the Astro, the CHP report said.

Both vehicles travelled out of control across the right shoulder before striking a hillside, the report said.

Borunda’s vehicle, which carried the child and two other passengers, overturned onto the driver’s side.

Borunda’s granddaughter was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead as Los Angeles County firefighters and CHP arrived on scene just after noon.

“The child actually came to rest underneath the A-pillar under the Chevrolet van,” Hill said. “She had massive head trauma but as far as other internal injuries, I don’t know.”

The A-pillar is the structure that runs from the roof to the dashboard on the side of the windshield, Hill said.  

All others involved in the collision including Richmond, Borunda, 49-year-old Rosa Maria Borunda and 24-year-old Rosa Maria Borunda were transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

California Highway Patrol officials closed two northbound lanes on Highway 14 while clearing the collision.

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