Child killed after car crashes into power pole
April 23, 2003 — A 2-year-old girl was killed last Tuesday when a vehicle crashed into a power pole on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.
Alicia Lori Orozco, 23, of Metolius, was driving north on Highway 3 to work at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort when her Honda struck the pole just after 9 a.m.
The accident caused a power outage for four hours, Warm Springs police said.
Orozco, a Warm Springs tribal member, and two other passengers were taken to Mountain View Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and released.
Orozco's 2-year-old daughter was thrown from the vehicle and had died when emergency response personnel arrived at the crash site near Upper Dry Creek.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Warm Springs Police Department.
"They believe that she fell asleep at the wheel," said Robert Medina, a department spokesman. "There was no alcohol or drugs involved."
The deceased child was riding in a child-safety carrier in the rear seat near the area where the impact occurred. The force of the impact broke the power pole in half, and the vehicle's airbags deployed.
The two other children were not related to Orozco. Medina said she was on her way to drop them off at a baby sitter's house before work.
Funeral services were held for the toddler Friday.