A five-year-old child and 16-year-old teen were killed in a rollover crash on Interstate 8 Wednesday, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials confirmed to NBC 7. The pair were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, officers said.
The crash happened at approximately 1:15 p.m. Wednesday when 19-year-old Alexis Oceguera as driving eastbound on Interstate 8, west of State Route 98, in Ocotillo. The location is east of San Diego and Boulevard, north of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Oceguera was in the Mitsubishi Galant with 53-year-old Lydia Oceguera, a five-year-old child, a 16-year-old child, and a four-year-old child when she tried to turn into the second lane of traffic, CHP officers said. All passengers were from El Centro.
The driver did not see a car in the lane and turned to the left to avoid a crash, officers said.
The car moved off the road and onto the center median, where it crashed into the center median barrier, officers said. The impact sent the car flying and it overturned.
The two minor passengers in the car were thrown out of the car, and the 16-year-old was partially thrown out.
The five-year-old and 16-year-old suffered fatal injuries, according to the CHP report. The four-year-old was taken to Rady Children's Hospital with unknown injuries. The 53-year-old was taken to a San Diego hospital with unknown injuries.
The 19-year-old driver suffered minor injuries.
The victims have not been identified.
The preliminary investigation revealed the two children were not wearing seat belts, officers said.
The crash is under investigation.
No further details are available.