SAN DIEGO — A 6-year-old Westmorland girl was in critical condition and on life support at Children's Hospital here this morning two days after she was injured in a car accident, according to hospital officials.
The girl was flown to the San Diego hospital after the 3 p.m. accident Saturday on Highway 86 near Westmorland.
The driver of the car, Carlos Marroquin, 33, of Westmorland, was booked into county jail Saturday on suspicion of drunken driving, willful cruelty to a child and fleeing the scene of an accident.
He remained in custody this morning with his bail set at $35,000.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Marroquin reportedly drove a 1983 sedan into the center divider. When he overcorrected, the vehicle overturned and the girl was ejected.
Highway Patrol Sgt. Mike 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.