POMONA (CBSLA) — Both drivers in a two-vehicle crash that killed a child Tuesday are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.
A Pomona police officer witnessed the head-on collision near the Pomona Fairplex just before 4:30 p.m. on White Avenue between McKinley Avenue and Arrow Highway, authorities said.
Child Killed, 3 Injured After Driver Crosses Divider, Crashes Head-On With Vehicle in Pomona: Police
According to police, a blue GMC Yukon swerved over the center divider on White Avenue and traveled into southbound traffic, hitting a gold Ford Ranger head-on.
The child was sitting in a rear seat of one of the involved vehicles, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The gender or age of the child was not released, and it’s not clear whether the child was in a car seat.
The two drivers were transported and treated for injuries at a nearby hospital. Their conditions were not immediately released.
Police say they are looking into the possibility of a DUI incident and that beer bottles were found near the blue Yukon.
The age and gender of the child were not immediately released. The child was pronounced dead at the scene, according to investigators. Police are working to figure out what exactly caused the crash.
Pomona police asked the public to avoid the area of White Avenue near Fairplex for the next several hours while investigators work to piece together what happened.
The crash was first reported at about 4:20 p.m. Two vehicles were involved. Police say a vehicle traveling northbound on White Avenue crossed the center divider for unknown reasons and struck a vehicle traveling southbound. Three people were injured and taken to the hospital.
Anyone with information on this deadly crash is asked to call the Pomona Police Department at 909-620-2085. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.