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UPDATE: Baby survives Highway 14 crash that killed her parents

Posted: July 23, 2014 12:14 p.m.
Updated: July 23, 2014 5:15 p.m.

A baby girl pulled from the wreckage of a Highway 14 crash that killed her parents suffered major injuries — including some broken bones — but was recovering Wednesday, law enforcement officers said.

The crash occurred shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday when a gray 2014 Ford Focus traveling northbound on Highway 14 near Acton hit the center guardrail north of Santiago Road, said Antelope Valley CHP Officer R.S. Tamayo.

Pronounced dead at the scene was Felicia Martinez, 31, of Palmdale. The driver, Ivan J. Ramirez, also 31 of Palmdale, was taken by ambulance to Palmdale Regional Medical Center but died as a result of his injuries, Antelope Valley CHP Officer Jeremy Picker said Wednesday.

The couple are the parents of the child rescued from the crash. Her father was the driver and her mother was a passenger, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department said late Wednesday afternoon.

The child, now orphaned, was described only as being at least one year old and the only other person in the car. She was airlifted to USC Hospital by Los Angeles County paramedics, Tamayo wrote in his report.

“It seems the baby is doing OK, despite some broken bones,” Picker said.

More than half a dozen people stopped their cars immediately following the single-vehicle crash and ran to the aid of the Focus’s occupants, said a Santa Clarita Valley woman who witnessed the rescue efforts.

“I saw a man pulling a little girl from the car,” said the woman, who wished to be identified only by her first name, Amanda. “Two other men were yelling, ‘The baby! The baby!’

“I also saw a woman who went to her car and got a blanket,” Amanda said. “She wrapped the girl in the blanket.

“The baby was screaming and crying,” she said.

Motorists then grabbed water bottles and tried to douse a fire that ignited from the crash.

The Ford Focus had been traveling in the carpool lane of the highway at an unknown speed, Tamayo said.

“For some unknown reasons, the Ford traveled off the roadway, onto the left shoulder of Highway 14 northbound, striking a guard rail,” he said. “The Ford continued forward and struck a large metal pole just west of the guard rail, causing major damage to the vehicle.”

The crash forced the closure of two lanes on the northbound Highway 14, said Antelope Valley CHP Officer Tony Polizzi.

Autopsies are scheduled to be performed on the two killed in the crash, the coroner’s spokeswoman said.
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