A 3-month-old girl was fatally struck by a vehicle rolling backwards after her mother lost hold of her in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday as the family was going to lunch, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
The victim’s family had gone to a fast food restaurant in the 11200 block of Fourth Street at about 11:45 a.m. when the incident occurred, a sheriff’s news release stated.
While the infant’s father went inside the restaurant to order food, the 31-year-old mother secured the vehicle and got her two kids out.
She was unfamiliar with the operation of the vehicle, which the family had borrowed, and had thought it was turned off, investigators said.
After removing her baby girl from the car seat, the woman realized the vehicle was running. Still holding her daughter, the woman went around to the driver’s side to shut the engine off.
But as she reached in to turn it off, the vehicle started to roll backwards. The woman attempted to apply the brakes and suddenly lost hold of her daughter, who was then struck by the moving vehicle, sheriff’s officials said in the release.
The infant was rushed to San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, where she was pronounced dead. Her name was not released.
The girl’s mother was “extremely upset,” but cooperated with investigators and was released from the scene, the release stated.
The incident was being investigated by the Rancho Cucamonga Major Accident Investigation Team.
No further information was released.