(KTXL) — A crash on Highway 50 involving multiple cars has left a 9-year-old child dead, according to California Highway Patrol.
On Thursday, just after 6:30 p.m., CHP responded to the crash, which occurred in the westbound lanes of the highway, blocking the 59th Street on-ramp for two hours.
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Officials from the agency said a 19-year-old woman was driving a 2017 Mazda. The driver attempted to change lanes and struck the front of a nearby Toyota.
The Mazda veered to the right after making contact with the Toyota, then veered back to the road when it hit the driver’s side of an oncoming Honda.
Attempting to avoid the impact, the Honda’s driver, a 44-year-old man, swerved to the right, causing it to overturn multiple times on the 59th Street on-ramp, which, “ejected a minor child passenger onto the ramp,” CHP said.
The child, Abdelkarim Alhazaymeh, was a resident of Elk Grove. Police say their investigation indicates that the child was not wearing a seatbelt.
The three other passengers of the Honda were taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries, according to CHP.