Highway 85 Accident Leaves Girl Dead, 3 Hurt in California

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 12:24 PM

By Michael Mullins

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A Highway 85 accident in California left one young girl dead and three others injured Monday afternoon.

According to California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. near the city of Cupertino and involved a Jeep Wrangler careening onto Highway 85's shoulder where it smashed into a parked Mazda minivan. The young girl was in the van along with her brother and their 41-year-old mother, the San Jose Mercury News reported. The little girl was said to have been strapped into a booster seat at the time of the accident.

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The driver of the Jeep Wrangler was a 56-year-old man whose name was not released.

According to CHP Sgt. Erica Elias, the man suffered major injuries as a result of the accident, the boy had moderate injuries, and the mother's injuries were said to be minor, local ABC News affiliate KGO-TV San Francisco reported.

"The Jeep did travel on to the shoulder and partially onto that dirt embankment and then the front of the Jeep collided into the minivan, then he continued to overturn and she traveled across all lanes of the freeway," Elias told reporters at the scene.

"It's never easy to see a collision of that magnitude, especially when there's children involved," Elias added. "You could barely see the girl inside the car. The right rear of the car was pancaked into the right front."

Elias could not say how fast the Jeep Wrangler was moving at the time of the accident or why the driver was swerving on the shoulder.

One of those people who witnessed the accident was Lynetta Schott, who was on the opposite side of the highway when the crash occurred.

"I was not more than a quarter-mile away when I saw dirt up in the air, a big brown cloud of it, and thought 'Oh my god there's been an accident,'" Schott told the Mercury News.

"The image is still in my brain," she added. "It happened so fast. It's amazing how fast something like that can happen."

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