6-year-old girl flown to hospital after hit-and-run

October 13, 2001|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — A 6-year-old Westmorland girl was flown to Children's Hospital in San Diego after she was ejected from the vehicle she was riding in, which then rolled on top of her, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred about 3 p.m. Saturday on Highway 86 just south of Andre Road, south of Westmorland.

The driver of the car, Carlos Marroquin, 33, of Westmorland, was booked Saturday night on suspicion of drunk driving and hit-and-run in the single-vehicle accident, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Mike Berger said.

Berger said the child was comatose after the accident and possibly paralyzed. She was taken to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley before being flown to Children's.

A Children's spokeswoman said Saturday evening the child had just arrived at that hospital and she had no other information available.


Berger reported a witness said the driver left the scene of the accident and the witness helped authorities locate the driver.

Other passengers in the vehicle were Viviana Gomez, of Westmorland, and her 9-year-old daughter. Both suffered minor bumps and bruises, Berger said. Gomez is the mother of both children and is 28 weeks pregnant.

Berger said the 1983 sedan was driven into the highway's center divider, when the driver tried to overcorrect and the vehicle overturned.

He said both children were in the back seat but it is suspected the 6-year-old was not wearing a seat belt.

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