An 11-year-old Crestline boy was killed when a teen driver crashed into his family’s SUV in the Escondido area on Sunday, one day after his birthday, according to authorities and a report.
The boy was in the back seat of the SUV that was traveling in northbound lanes of Interstate 15 near Gopher Canyon Road when around 9:30 p.m., it was struck from behind by a faster moving vehicle, San Diego County coroner’s officials said in a news release.
The force of the collision caused the SUV to rollover, and the child was ejected from the vehicle, the release stated. His body landed in the center divider.
First responders arrived at the scene and confirmed the boy’s death “without medical intervention due to obvious signs of trauma,” officials said in the release.
His identity has not been released.
The child’s birthday was on Feb. 20, one day before the fatal crash, according to the coroner’s office.
Four others were also injured, including three other occupants of the SUV, KTLA sister station KSWB reported. Their injuries were described as minor to moderate.
The driver of the vehicle that rear-ended the SUV, identified by the station only as an 18-year-old man from Chino, was also injured.
The four patients were all transported to a local hospital.
California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt told KSWB that drugs and alcohol were not believed to have been involved in the crash, which remained under investigation.