6-month-old girl from Bakersfield dies after car crash


The Kern County Sheriff's Department coroner said a 6-month-old girl involved in a car crash died 4 days after the crash.

Deputies said that 6-month-old Layjah Heath was involved in a car crash at the intersection of South Union Avenue and Berkshire Road at about 10:15 p.m. Sunday.

Bakersfield police said the driver of a car with twin 6-month-old girls in the back was traveling northbound on South Union when they approached a stop sign at Berkshire Road.

While waiting to go, a truck, driven by 50-year-old Alfredo Lopez, slammed into the back of the vehicle at a high rate of speed, officials said.

Police said Lopez fled from the scene and was arrested 30 minutes after the crash. No charges have been filed against Lopez.

Bakersfield police said the impact pushed the bumper almost to the back seat.

The other occupants in the car suffered only minor injuries.

The parents of Heath told 23ABC's Mike Hart that Heath closed her eyes after the crash and never opened them again.

Heath was taken to Children's Hospital of Central California, but died Wednesday at about 1:25 at the hospital.

On Thursday, an autopsy was performed and the cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Bakersfield police said it's an ongoing investigation.

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