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12-year-old girl dies while dashing onto freeway to grab clothing

December 26, 2011 |  2:42 pm

A 12-year-old girl died after she was struck by a car on the 60 Freeway in Riverside County while trying to retrieve belongings that fell from the roof of the vehicle she was in, the California Highway Patrol said.

Eunice Flores, 12, of Riverside, was struck by a sedan on the westbound side of the freeway in Mira Loma, just east of Wineville, at about 11 p.m. Sunday.

She was running in and out of traffic to recover clothing from suitcases that had fallen from the roof rack of the Chevrolet Suburban in which she was a passenger, the CHP said in a news release. She was pronounced dead at the scene. No information was released about who was traveling with her.

John Sullivan, 74, was driving a 1991 Mercedes 300E at about 70 mph when he saw the girl in the road too late to avoid the collision, according to CHP officers.

Sullivan was not injured and was not arrested. The CHP is investigating the crash.


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