4-year-old girl airlifted to Reno after 4 vehicle collisions near Kirkwood
A 4-year-old girl was airlifted to Reno with major injuries and seven other people suffered minor to moderate injuries Tuesday as a result of four collisions east of the Kirkwood Inn, according California State Patrol.
The case is being investigating as four separate collisions, with the first occurring around 1 p.m. Tuesday on California Route 88.
San Jose resident Maria Gonzalez, 23, was driving a dark blue Toyota with five passengers. The vehicle was traveling westbound when it left the road and collided with a snow embankment on the south side of the road. It’s unclear why the vehicle left the road, according to CHP.
All five of the passengers — a group that included a 9-year-old boy, a 9-month-old girl and the 4-year-old girl who was flown to Renown Health in Reno — were identified as being from San Jose.
The boy suffered minor injuries and was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital by ambulance, while the 9-month-old was uninjured. Two other passengers, Francisco de la Torre and Isabel Jiminez-Corona, also suffered moderate injuries and were transported to Barton.
At about this same time that the Toyota crashed into the snow embankment, a dark green pickup truck driven by Karen Carver, a 58-year-old Chico resident, collided with the Toyota, according to CHP. Both vehicles became disabled on the road.
Carver was traveling with Mary Lou Eimer, a South Lake Tahoe resident. She suffered moderate injuries, while Carver sustained minor injuries. Both were taken to Barton Memorial Hospital by ambulance, CHP reported.
It’s unclear what caused the truck to collide with the Toyota.
Moments later, Elko resident Christian Nelson, 19, was driving a black Chevrolet westbound when he approached the scene. Nelson steered the vehicle to the right in order to avoid a collision. The vehicle became lodged in the snowbank on the north side of the road.
Sometime after that, Reno resident John Steffens, 70, also was heading westbound when he reached the scene and steered the Oldsmobile he was driving to the right in order to avoid the initial crash. He ended up colliding into the back of Nelson’s Chevrolet on the north shoulder.
Neither Nelson nor Steffens sustained injuries, according to CHP.