Coroner issues finding on fatal freeway crash

first_imgIn the No. 4 lane was a big rig driven by Byron Vasquez, 26, of Los Angeles. Zizi didn’t know how fast both drivers were traveling. “For unknown reasons, (Vasquez) swerved to the right then to the left which caused his rig to lose control,” Zizi said. The truck went across all lanes, heading toward the Focus. He said it broadsided the car and pushed it toward the center divider, where it was pinned. Many drivers from both directions stopped to help. While some kept Marrott alert by talking to her, others called 9-1-1 and several tried to direct traffic, Zizi said. “It was a group effort out there. Fortunately no one got hit,” he said. Zizi believes that the good Samaritans around the Focus were trying to talk to Marrott to keep her from looking in the back seat where her daughter was. Firefighters with the Los Angeles County and the Santa Fe Springs fire departments had to extricate mother and child from the Focus. Grant was pronounced dead at the scene. Zizi didn’t know where Marrott was heading that day. Due to her injuries, officers haven’t been able to interview her. Two northbound lanes were closed for five hours because of the crash and subsequent cleanup. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Marrott remained in serious condition at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center on Tuesday. She suffered internal injuries and multiple lacerations, said Officer Joe Zizi of the California Highway Patrol. Her relatives couldn’t be reached for comment. No one has been arrested or cited in the crash. The CHP hasn’t yet determined what caused the big rig to lose control, Zizi said. The collision was reported about 1p.m. Saturday on the northbound 5 Freeway, north of Alondra Boulevard in Santa Fe Springs. Marrott, driving a rented 2007 Ford Focus, was in the No. 1 lane, Zizi said. Paige was in a booster seat. SANTA FE SPRINGS – A 5-year-old Utah girl who was killed in a crash involving a big rig died of blunt head trauma, coroner’s officials said Tuesday. The collision Saturday on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway also injured the girl’s mother, Natalie Marrott, 42, of Highland, Utah. Lt. Fred Corral of the Department of Coroner identified the child as Paige Amelia Grant and said the cause of death was ruled an accident. last_img

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