Update: The driver of the Toyota has also died. He has been identified as Gonzalo Rodriguez.
The child who perished has been identified as Christian Diaz, per the San DIego County Medical Examiner.
By Miriam Raftery
Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News
December 24, 2018 (Ramona) – A small boy was killed in a two vehicle collision in Ramona late this morning on State Route 78 east of Haverford Rd. near Ramona. Four other people were injured in the Christmas Eve crash, including a second child who has been life-flighted to a hospital.
According to Officer Travis Garrow with the California Highway Patrol, a 44-year-old Ramona man was driving a 2002 Toyota Camry westbound, with three passengers, when his vehicle veered off the road onto the shoulder. According to witnesses, he over-corrected and crossed the center lines into the path of an eastbound 2014 Dodge Ram SUV driven by a 77-year-old man from Falls City, Oregon. The vehicles collided head-on.
The little boy in the left rear seat died at the scene. A second little boy in the right rear seat suffered major injuries. The boys, both from Ramona, were wearing seatbelts that may not have been fastened properly, says Officer Garrow. A woman in the right front passenger seat and both drivers were also transported to hospitals for treatment of moderate to major injuries.
Highway 78 is closed for the investigation with a SIG Alert issued; motorists are advised to use alternate routes.
The California Highway Patrol is working to identify all of the parties involved. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors. Names of the victims will be released by the Medical Examiner’s office have they are identified and families notified.