On Wednesday, July 12 at approximately 12:35 a.m., Cal Fire responded to a rollover traffic collision on the I-10 eastbound near Chiriaco Summit. Several people, including one adult and three children, were ejected from a Dodge van that overturned. One of the three juveniles ejected from the van, a 10-year-old boy, was pronounced deceased at the scene by paramedics.
According to CHP officials, the van had one occupant more than what it was designed to carry and at the time of the collision it’s believed that at least those ejected weren’t wearing seat belts.
In addition to the 10-year-old who died at the scene, a 44-year-old woman, 16-year-old boy and 9-year-old boy were all ejected from the overturning van. All were seriously injured.
Riverside Coroner officials later identified the deceased boy as Delawrence Grant III, 10, of Victorville. Grant was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck at 1:23 a.m., about one hour after the accident happened.
Two victims were trapped and needed to be physically extricated by firefighters from the mangled wreck. Two major injury victims had to be transported to a local trauma center by separate air ambulances. The other parties suffering minor to moderate injuries were transported via ground to a a local hospital.
During their investigation, CHP officials determined the driver of the Dodge van, identified as a 67-year-old Tarzana man, attempted to avoid collision with a tractor-trailer semi truck when the driver lost control and the van rolled over into the center dirt median.
CHP called for the temporary closure of the number one lane of the eastbound I-10 during the course of the investigation. Officials reopened the roadway about four hours later at 4:30 a.m.