The California Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that killed a seven-year-old boy and injured several others near Denair.
It happened at around 9:21 p.m Sunday night in Merced County.
The investigation revealed that a 2011 Cadillac SUV driven by 28-year-old Tasjuan Drake out of Oakdale and a 25-year-old female passenger with three children were driving Northbound on Oakdale Road approaching Turlock Road which is controlled only with two stop signs for Eastbound and Westbound traffic, CHP public information officer Zuniga said.
Authorities say 58-year-old Catherine Brehm out of Coulterville was driving a 2014 Ford Fusion Eastbound on Turlock Road and stopped at the posted stop sign at the intersection of Oakdale road, meanwhile a 2015 Toyota Tacoma driven by 35-year-old Daniel Donham out of Ripon was driving Southbound on Turlock Road and had slowed down to make a left turn on Oakdale Road, for unknown reasons Brehm drove into the intersection and collided with the Cadillac SUV.
The crash caused the Ford Fusion to travel in a Northwest direction hitting the 2015 Toyota Tacoma, Zuniga said.
When units arrived, officers located a 4-year-old girl, a 2-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy also passengers in the Cadillac SUV, CPR was immediately performed on the 7-year-old boy and was transported to Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, he was pronounced dead upon arrival, CHP said.
The Driver and passenger of the Cadillac were both transported to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto with major injuries, both the 4-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy got transported to Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera with moderate injuries, CHP said.
Authorities say the 7-year-old was not properly restrained in the vehicle, they ask anyone who needs information or help on how to properly secure their child in a safety seat to contact the Merced CHP office at 209-356-6600 and ask to speak with a child passenger safety technician.
No other injuries were reported on the other involved vehicles, drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor and the collision remains under investigation.