5-year-old ejected when mom distracted by cell phone flips truck on highway

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Courtesy California Highway Patrol Courtesy California Highway Patrol

California troopers say a mother was distracted by her cellphone when she rolled her pickup, ejecting her 5-year-old son.

The distracted driver and drove into the center divider, causing her vehicle to roll over multiple times in Capitola -- south of San Francisco -- Tuesday morning. 

"A 5 year old passenger was not properly secured in a child safety seat and was ejected from the vehicle," the California Highway Patrol said on Facebook. "The child sustained major injuries and was air lifted to a trauma center. "

"CHP reminds you to ALWAYS properly secure your children in a car seat or booster," the patrol said. "If you do not have a car seat, CHP will give you one free of charge. We will also show you how to properly install your seat. Don’t assume a seatbelt will restrain a child who is not at least 4’9”! Tragically this child could have been uninjured if he were in the proper seat."

The child's mother suffered non-life-threatening injuries. No charges had been filed as of Wednesday.