An accident that occurred Sunday night around 9:30 p.m. on I-15 near Gopher Canyon Road resulted in the death of an 11-year old boy who lived with his family in a home in San Bernardino County, according to the county Medical Examiner’s office.
On Sunday evening the unidentified boy was a passenger in the rear seat of his family’s SUV in the northbound lanes of I-15 approaching Gopher Canyon Road.
Their vehicle was then struck from behind by a faster moving vehicle, a newer model Dodge Challenger, which caused the SUV to roll over. The SUV sustained significant damage and intrusion into the cab. It came to rest amidst the high-tension wires on the freeway. All were able to get out of the van prior to the arrival of the first responders.
According to the Medical Examiner: “The decedent was ejected from the vehicle and came to rest in the center divider. 9-1-1 was called and when first responders arrived, his death was confirmed without medical intervention due to obvious signs of trauma.”
There were five people in the SUV, including three under the age of 18. All others in the vehicle were transported. Injuries ranged from temporary loss of consciousness to aches and pains and abrasions.
There was one occupant of the Dodge, a male, who was transported to the hospital with possible loss of consciousness.
According to a spokesman for Deer Springs Fire Protection District multiple agencies responded to the incident. All the fire engines were from Deer Springs Stations 11,12 and 13 and included Medical Unit 7191. Ambulances from North County Fire and San Marcos also participated.
All adults were transported to Palomar Medical Center and two patients were taken to Children’s Hospital.