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.