4 Fatalities in a Head On Collision Near Ramona

August 29, 2012

Two children and Two adults were killed Tuesday afternoon when a minivan and sedan collided in a head on collision near Ramona. The accident occurred on state Route 78 east of Ramona, near Deer Canyon Drive. A Pontiac Vibe traveling east on route 78 collided with a Honda Odyssey traveling west, fault is not determined as of yet. As a result of the collision the van full of children flipped, killing two girls, ages 8 and 9, as well as the 33-year-old female driver. The 33-year-old male driver of the Pontiac Vibe was also killed in the accident.

Four other children were passengers in the vehicle, along with a 67-year-old woman riding in the front passenger seat. According to CHP Officer Brian Pennings, a 6-year-old girl suffered major, possibly life-threatening injuries and was hospitalized along with a 3-year-old boy, an 8-year-old boy and a 13- year-old girl who suffered moderate to minor injuries.

A 6-year-old girl in the van suffered life-threatening injuries. She was not strapped into a child safety seat, as required by law, the officer said. The youngest passenger was in a car seat, which may have helped prevent serious injury, Pennings said. California law states children under 8 or under 4 feet 9 inches tall must be restrained in a child safety seat.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing to determine the cause of the collision.

{Source and Photo Credit: Union Tribune}