MESA -- A 3-year-old Mesa girl who reportedly was not buckled up was flown to a Seattle hospital after the SUV she was in crashed early Thursday in Franklin County, the Washington State Patrol said.
Maria Duarte and Grimilda Arreola-Figueroa, 31, of Mesa, both passengers in the 2000 Dodge Durango, were flown to Harborview Medical Center, troopers said.
Maria was in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview, a hospital spokeswoman said Thursday, noting that the girl was expected to have surgery.
Arreola-Figueroa was in satisfactory condition at Harborview.
The driver, J Rosario Duarte, 50, of Mesa, was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland. He later was released.
Duarte was driving north on Highway 395 about a mile south of Mesa when he lost control of the SUV and rolled down an embankment about 250 feet, troopers said.
The wreck happened at 4:30 a.m.
Maria was taken to Kennewick General Hospital before being transferred to Harborview, troopers said. Arreola-Figueroa was at Kadlec before she was also sent to Harborview.
Troopers said Arreola-Figueroa was wearing a seat belt but Maria was not restrained. It was not known if Duarte was buckled up.