A 5-year-old Oakdale girl who was not secured in a child safety seat when the car she was riding in hit a power pole near Knights Ferry suffered major injuries as a result of the collision.
On Wednesday at 8:15 a.m., Shaylee Cardosa, 22, was driving a Toyota with four passengers, all from Oakdale, south on Sonora Road approaching Orange Blossom Road at about 45 to 50 mph when she entered a curve in the road, according to the California Highway Patrol. It was raining at the time and the road was wet.
“Due to Ms. Cardoso’s unsafe speed for roadway conditions, she was unable to safely negotiate the curve in the roadway and lost control of the Toyota,” according to the CHP.
The Toyota left the roadway and crashed into a power pole.
Alizay Cardoso, 5, was taken by helicopter to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento where she was listed in fair condition on Thursday. She was not in a child safety seat, which is required for children under 8 years old or less than 4 feet, 9 inches tall, said CHP Officer Thomas Olsen.
Another unrestrained passenger, 52-year-old Christine Bales, also suffered major injuries. She was taken to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.
Passenger Amanda Dieffenbach, 20, suffered moderate injuries; Shaylee Cardoso sustained minor injuries and a 10-month-old boy who was in a safety seat was not injured.