ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Four-year-old boy was not in safety seat when vehicles collided on U.S. 285 Tuesday afternoon.
A 4-year-old Carlsbad boy was pronounced dead at Carlsbad Medical Center Tuesday afternoon following a two-car crash at the intersection of U.S. 285 and Derrick Road just south of Carlsbad just after 4 p.m., the State Police said in a news release.
Conner Dunn was a passenger in a northbound 1973 Chevy Nova driven by 16-year-old Justin Walker of Carlsbad, when the car was T-boned by a southbound 1999 Dodge minivan driven by 34-year-old Ida Jones of Carlsbad as the Nova was making a left turn from U.S. 285 onto Derrick Road, the State Police said.
Jones and 13-year-old passenger Sue Sheppard were checked by emergency medical personnel at the scene and released, while another passenger in the minivan, 11-year-old Tomie Sheppard was taken to Carlsbad Medical Center for further evaluation, according to the release.
Walker and the 4-year-old also were taken to the hospital for injuries sustained in the crash, and the boy was pronounced dead by the emergency room physician, the State Police said.
The boy was not using a child safety seat, but all others involved in the crash were wearing seatbelts, the release said.
The accident remains under investigation.