- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

HOPLAND, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a 7-year-old California girl died after her mother lost control of a car and the vehicle plunged into the Russian River.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/237pvyP ) that California Highway Patrol says the girl’s mother, Luz Ramirez-Marquez, was driving on Highway 101 in Mendocino County when she crashed Sunday afternoon.

CHP spokeswoman Officer Marian Pohl says witnesses saw the car veer off the road and plummet about 300 feet into a ravine.

Hopland Fire Assistant Chief Mitch Franklin says passers-by were performing CPR on the girl when firefighters arrived. Crews took over CPR, but the girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

Franklin says it took nearly an hour to cut Ramirez-Marquez out of the car. She was flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with major injuries.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com


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