A 2-year-old girl died after being ejected from a car in a rollover crash Saturday morning in Hesperia, authorities said, and her father was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.
The single-vehicle crash was reported about 11:10 a.m. on Arrowhead Lake Road, near Whitehaven Street, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
Responding deputies determined that a white, four-door Nissan Maxima had passed a slower-moving vehicle in the opposing lane “before losing control for unknown reasons,” according to the news release.
The Maxima veered off the road and overturned, ejecting the 2-year-old girl, sheriff’s investigators said. She was transported to a hospital, where she died. Authorities initially gave the girl’s age as 3, the San Bernardino Sun reported.
A 6-month-old passenger was also hospitalized, with minor injuries, San Bernardino County Fire Department spokesman Jeff Allen told the newspaper.
Two other passengers — an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl — suffered minor injuries in the crash, the news release said. The Sun initially reported that those two children had escaped harm.
The driver was handcuffed while paramedics treated him for minor facial lacerations at the scene, the Victor Valley News reported. Identified as the deceased girl’s father, the man was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and felony DUI, according to the sheriff’s statement. His name was not disclosed.
News video showed the damaged Maxima just off of Arrowhead Lake Road, near Hesperia Lake Park. The two-lane road was closed in both directions for several hours, the Sheriff’s Department said, and was reopened at 7:30 p.m.
Anyone with information about the crash was asked to call sheriff’s Deputy Brian LoVasco, Deputy Simon DeMuri or Deputy Derek Zane of the Hesperia Station, at 760-947-1500.