Police ID Driver In Mass Pike Crash That Killed 6-Year-Old Girl

AUBURN, Mass. (CBS) — State police have identified the driver involved in a crash that killed a six-year-old girl on Thursday on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Auburn.

Police say 25-year-old Lodia Rodriguez of Worcester was driving a minivan that rolled over around 1 p.m. on Thursday after colliding with a box truck.

The young victim was ejected from the minivan as it careened across all three lanes of traffic, struck the guard rail next to the median and rolled onto its roof in the middle lane.

Rodriguez and two 4-year-old girls in the van, were hospitalized with minor injuries.

State Police say they are looking into whether the girl who died was properly buckled into her seat.

  • Matt

    100% avoidable.

  • Seat Belt Police

    This is very sad but I will bet that the little girl was not properly belted in.

  • B

    Police scanners said multiple ejections – so I hope they’re looking into whether ANYONE in the van was buckled in.

    • John B.

      Only the 6 y/o was outside of the vehicle.

  • jaygee

    What was left out here is the fact that the woman driving joined the long list of unlicensed drivers in the state of Mass. confusion. I don’t know about your town or city but mine has a habit of arresting Hispanic people who are driving without a license, registration or insurance. Usually the victim is an innocent 2nd party but in this case she was responsible for killing her own.

  • John B.

    As someone who was there (3rd on the scene) I can tell you all passengers were belted in. The 2 young girls were in car seats the girl that died was in a booster seat. The seats (all of them) were destroyed and in pieces outside of the van. Save your negative opinions and pray for the soul of that little girl.

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