A 12-year-old was killed in an off-road hit-and-run crash in the Stoddard Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area north of Victorville that also left an 11-year-old hospitalized, the California Highway Patrol said.
On Saturday, July 2, the CHP received a call at 8:59 p.m. from a bystander who found two unconscious children on Stoddard Wells Road, within the Stoddard Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area, the CHP said in a news release. The 53,000-acre recreation area is managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
Investigators learned that the children were riding a Tao Tao ATV northeast on Stoddard Wells Road as an orange side-by-side UTV was traveling east on Stoddard Wells Road, east of Central Road. The side-by-side struck the ATV, the CHP said. Side-by-side off-road vehicles are characterized as utility-task vehicles with bucket or bench seating and a steering wheel.
The 12-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene, the CHP said. The 11-year-old was taken to an area hospital by paramedics before being airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center for further treatment, authorities said.
It wasn’t immediately clear what the surviving victim’s condition was.
No identifying information for either victims was immediately available.
Attempts to locate the unknown suspect driver were unsuccessful, the CHP said.
Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to contact CHP Officer Cesar Ramos at 760-241-1186.