HELENDALE, California (October 6, 2014) — A 4-year-old girl was critically injured Friday afternoon when she fell out of a motorboat and was hit by the vehicle and its motor in North Lake, according to a report by Victor Valley News.
The child was airlifted to Loma Linda Hospital where she was treated for lacerations to her face and body, but is expected to survive.
Witnesses told police the driver of the boat was allegedly driving recklessly and performing stunts when the little girl fell out of the boat and underneath it. She was reportedly not wearing a life jacket at the time and neither were others who were on the boat. The driver allegedly told two other older children to jump in and pull her out of the water, a witness told police.
There were as many as eight people on the boat at the time including four children who were reportedly on the boat without their parent’s permission, the report said. The mother of the child was not on the boat at the time of the crash, but was driven to the scene of the accident before she was taken to hospital.
The child remains in Loma Linda Intensive Care Unit where she is undergoing multiple surgeries to reattach her leg and repair wounds to her face and chest.
The accident is under investigation by the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.
“My prayers go out to this little girl and her family as she undergoes treatments and heals from this horrible experience,” said Attorney James Johnson.
If you have legal questions following a boating accident, contact Johnson Attorneys Group at 800-235-6801.
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