A 13-year-old child was killed Thursday in Gorman after he was ejected from his vehicle following a solo-vehicle car crash.
Initial reports indicated that the 13-year-old boy had been transported to the hospital, along with an 11-year-old boy. However, officials later clarified that the elder of the two had been pronounced dead on the scene and the second person transported to the hospital as a result of the crash was the 41-year-old driver of the vehicle.
The collision was first reported at approximately 11:55 a.m. on Highway 138, near Liebre Ranch Road, according to officials at the L.A. County Fire Department.
“The initial call was a traffic collision,” said Giovanni Sanchez, a spokesman for the Fire Department. “Two patients were transported.”
California Highway Patrol investigators, in a press release distributed in the hours after the crash, said that the children and driver were all in the same 1999 Ford F-250.
“(The 41-year-old male driver) failed to maintain his lane of travel and drove off the paved roadway on a dirt shoulder and through a dirt field,” reads the CHP Newhall Office press release. “The vehicle continued into a barbed-wire fence and overturned.”
Investigators say the crash caused the 13-year-old — who was not wearing a seatbelt — to be ejected and suffer “major injuries.”
“A passerby stopped and began rendering aid before officers arrived on scene,” investigators said. “As the first officer arrived on scene, he immediately began life-saving measure (CPR) to (the 13-year-old).”
However, upon the arrival of L.A. County Fire Department personnel, the 13-year-old was pronounced dead on the scene. The 11-year-old and 41-year-old man were then quickly transported via helicopter to Northridge Hospital for suspected “moderate to major injuries,” CHP officials said.
A SigAlert was issued at 12:50 p.m. for an unknown duration for the eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 138.
The driver was later identified as 41-year-old Ryan Alliston of Lancaster. The names of the two children, who were also reported as being Lancaster residents, were withheld by law enforcement as of the publication of this story.
Anyone who may have information or witnessed this collision can call the California Highway Patrol, Newhall Area at 661-600-1600.