3-Year-Old Left Alone for Hours After Car Crash is Paralyzed, Officials Investigating
A 3-year-old girl left partially paralyzed and suffering from brain bleeding after a car accident had apparently been overlooked by first responders in Texas, and was found alone in a wrecked vehicle hours later, according to reports.
She was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to reports.
Flores was in the care of her mother’s friend after her mother was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the family member.
The friend then left the child with a male, who was a driver in the crash, according to station.
A spokesperson for the City of Odessa reportedly said that the occupants of the three cars involved in the crash were all alert and exited their vehicles while waiting for authorities to arrive.
The driver, Ever Ortega, of Oklahoma, allegedly told officials multiple times there were no other passengers inside of his Jeep Grand Cherokee, according to reports.
It wasn’t until three hours later that Flores was found in the floorboard of the backseat, according to NewsWest9.
Officials say she was unconscious, but breathing.
Odessa Fire and Rescue will reportedly also conduct an internal review to see if those on the scene did everything they could.
Flores is currently in the hospital.
Ortega was charged with felony intoxication assault.