Girl, 11, Dies in Ejection From Truck

An 11-year-old Mission Hills girl sitting in the bed of a pickup truck was killed when she was ejected and struck by another vehicle in the carpool lane of the Ronald Reagan Freeway, authorities said Monday.

The driver of the pickup truck, 38-year-old Maria Diaz of Lancaster, swerved to avoid hitting an object in the road Sunday night and lost control, hitting a raised median, said California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Curtin.

The child's name was not released by authorities, who said a 12-year-old girl who also was sitting in the truck bed was not injured. None of the other five passengers in the cab of the truck were hurt, Curtin said.

Investigators have not determined whether charges will be filed, he said.

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