Girl, 11, Riding in Pickup Bed, Is Ejected, Killed

From Times Staff Reports

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, then lost control and hit a median, said Officer Michael Curtin of the California Highway Patrol.

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 was hurt, Curtin said.

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

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