An Estes Park child was killed in a single-car rollover crash near Castle Pines Parkway when her mother lost control of her vehicle.
Heaven Long-Bailey, 4, was airlifted to Children’s Hospital following the crash, which took place around 1:20 a.m. June 7 after the family car went off the road.
There were no witnesses to the crash, which investigators are re-constructing based on evidence at the scene, said Trooper Nate Reid, Colorado State Patrol public information officer.
The crash report indicates the child’s mother, Hayley King, 27, was headed northbound on Interstate 25 when her car traveled off the right side of the road near the Castle Pines Parkway exit. The vehicle, a 1999 Toyota Rav4, struck a green delineator post before hitting a light pole.
Based on the investigator’s report, the Toyota struck two more delineator posts, began to rotate and returned to I-25, where it rolled twice before coming to rest on its passenger side.
The child was ejected from the vehicle and died the following day, Reid said. Investigators do not know if she was properly restrained in her car seat.
“The car seat was belted in place and still in the vehicle at the scene of the crash,” Reid said. “The child was ejected separate from the car seat.”
Hayley King was not properly restrained and had to be extricated from the vehicle. She was transported to Littleton Adventist Hospital, where, on June 10, she remained in critical condition.
Charges are pending completion of toxicology tests, Reid said. Investigators do not believe speed was a factor but are awaiting completion of test reports to determine whether drugs or alcohol were involved.