Updated 4:21 p.m. Dec. 3
The preliminary findings into the investigation into the death of a 4-year-old Monrovia boy who died in a car crash in Kern County Sunday show his booster seat likely was not secured properly, said CHP Officer Jerry Knight.
Knight said that the van carrying a family of five, including the victim and two other children, had two booster seats. One was found outside of the vehicle and the other was unsecured inside, he said. Two children were partially ejected.
He stressed that the findings are preliminary at this point and the crash is still under investigation.
KGET.com, a local news station, identified the victim as Aiden McKenzie Nicasio.
A 4-year-old Monrovia boy was killed in a collision on southbound Interstate 5 in Kern County, the California Highway Patrol announced today.
His family of five was traveling south on Interstate 5, north of Stockdale Highway, in Buttonwillow Sunday in the slow lane at 60 mph in heavy holiday traffic, according to Jerry Knight of the CHP.
Traffic suddenly slowed to a stop and the driver turned his vehicle to the right to avoid hitting the vehicle ahead of him. The driver then lost control and the vehicle overturned, traveling through a barbed wire fence and overturning again before coming to rest on its right side.
Two of the three children in the back were not wearing seat belts and were partially ejected.
Motorists stopped and rolled the vehicle back onto its wheels to reach the trapped children.
The other family members in the car suffered minor to moderate injuries.
--City News Service