7-Year-Old Girl Killed in Santa Clarita Accident on 5 Freeway near Weldon Canyon Road
SANTA CLARITA, CA (July 7, 2022) – Saturday, a deadly crash on 5 Freeway led to the arrest of Veronda Gladney and Michael Branch.
The deadly incident happened at around 3:40 a.m. on the northbound 5 Freeway near Weldon Canyon Road.
Authorities responded to a 911 call from a motorist saying that a vehicle hit an unknown stationary object.
“It was determined that the unknown object was a child which had been struck by several vehicles. After initial investigations, it was determined the 7-year-old female child fell out of the moving 1999 Lincoln Navigator through … an open window, and as a result sustained fatal injuries. At this time the circumstances behind how she fell out are under investigation. The (girl’s) mother, Veronda Gladney, and the mother’s boyfriend, Michael Branch … have been arrested for child endangerment,” the CHP reported.
At this time, the authorities haven’t disclosed the identity of the deceased due to pending family notification.
28-year-old Veronda Gladney of Lancaster drove the Lincoln. Meanwhile, 39-year-old Michael Branch of Hawthorne rode as a passenger, as well as the Lancaster girl.
Furthermore, the authorities urged anyone with information about the incident to contact the CHP Newhall Area Office at 661-600-1600.
We want to send our sincere sympathies to the bereaved family and friends of the victim.
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