Monday, July 7 — A Saturday, July 5 vehicle rollover claimed the life of an unrestrained 3-year-old child.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Jamie Sauce, 32, of Stockton, California was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Astro van southbound on Highway 395 south of the Secret Valley rest area near Ravendale. Traveling with her were Florencio Sierra, 32, and four juveniles ages 1 through 7.
The accident occurred at approximately 6:42 a.m. when the tread of the right rear tire of the vehicle separated. In response, Sauce applied the brakes causing her to lose control of the vehicle. The van traveled off of the west roadway edge and descended a steep embankment where it overturned, ejecting several of the unrestrained juvenile occupants.
The 3 year old was pinned under the vehicle, and succumbed to her injuries despite life saving efforts on the part of CHP personnel.
The CHP takes this opportunity to reinforce the importance of wearing your seatbelt and making sure child passengers are properly restrained in a child safety seat. For more information, or for assistance with your child safety seat, contact your local CHP office.