2-year-old Merced girl dies in traffic collision

A 2-year-old girl died Thursday after a vehicle crash on Highway 140, the Merced Police Department reported.

Police said Karen Ramirez, 19, of Merced, was waiting to turn left onto Tower Road at 4:43 p.m. When she turned, it was directly in front of an oncoming 2008 Ford F-250 pickup driven by Tracy Robbins, 46, of Mariposa.

The child, whose name was not released, was a passenger in Ramirez’s vehicle, police said.

The girl was taken to an area hospital where she died. “There was a child restraint in the back of Ramirez’s vehicle,” police said in a statement, “and investigators are looking into whether the child restraint was in use.”

Both drivers suffered minor injuries and were also taken to a hospital.

Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to have been factors, police said.

The collision remains under investigation.

It was the second deadly traffic collision this week in Merced.

A 55-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed Monday while crossing the 3500 block of G Street.