2 Children Killed in I-15 Crash

The minivan carrying an Encanto family flipped near Deer Springs Road

By R. Stickney, Diana Guevara and Lauren Steussy
|  Monday, Jul 16, 2012  |  Updated 10:15 PM PDT
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2 Children Killed in I-15 Crash

A family is speaking out after two young boys are killed and several others injured in an accident in the North County.

2 Children Killed in I-15 Crash

According to CHP, a Toyota Scion was traveling south near Deer Springs Road just north of Escondido around 2:30 p.m. when the Scion driver lost control and hit a minivan carrying a family, causing it to flip over. NBC7s Diana Guevara reports.
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Two children were killed and several other people injured in a crash along Interstate 15 Sunday.

According to CHP, a Toyota Scion was traveling south near Deer Springs Road just north of Escondido around 2:30 p.m. when the Scion driver lost control and hit a minivan carrying a family, causing it to flip over.

Latrell Pearson, 10, and Xavier Ruffin, 10, were ejected from the vehicle and died from their injuries. CHP investigators said Pearson was not wearing his seatbelt.

Roy and Barbara Ruffin of Encanto and five other family members were taken to area hospitals. Roy suffered a broken finger and Barbara injured her foot according to relatives.

The Scion driver and passenger were not injured.

Relatives say the Ruffins were returning to Encanto after spending some time in Palm Springs.

Latrelle and Xevier were best friends, said surviving family members.

Investigators said they do not believe speed was a factor.

A fundraiser for the families involved in the accident will be held Saturday at noon at Admiral Baker Field in Mission Valley.

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