IRWINDALE — An SUV overturned and rolled off the 210 Freeway late Saturday, injuring four children and two women, authorities said.
Two of the children, and 8-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy, were hospitalized with major injuries, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Licon said. The 9-year-old boy was thrown from the car in the crash.
The driver of the 2006 Kia Sorento, Jessica Rosales, 20, suffered moderate injuries along with a 24-year-old woman, a a 2-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy were also passengers in the SUV, the sergeant said.
The crash took place about 9:30 p.m. as the Kia was eastbound on the 210 Freeway, just west of Irwindale Avenue, CHP officials said in a written statement.
“Rosales attempted to change lanes from the No. 3 lane to the No. 2 lane,” the statement said. “For unknown reasons, Rosales lost control of the Kia. The Kia spun out, left the roadway, overturned twice and came to rest south of the freeway on top of a set of railroad tracks.”
All those inside the Kia are San Bernardino residents, however the relationship between them was not clear, Licon said.
Neither of the two critically injured children were wearing seat belts, officials said.
While there were six passengers inside the Kia, the 2006 Kia Sorento is equipped with seating for only five.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation, Licon said, however driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol was not initially suspected.
The probe remained in it’s early stages, he said, however officials would be looking into the possibility of child endangerment charges because of the lack of seat belts on the critically injured children.
“It’s the driver’s responsibility to make sure the kids are properly belted in,” he said.