Infant and Mother Killed in Interstate 5 Accident Near Stockton
An infant was killed in a car accident with a San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department patrol vehicle on Interstate 5 near Stockton on the night of December 14, 2019. The incident occurred shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Interstate 5 northbound near the Charter Way interchange, just southwest of Stockton. A mother and child were traveling in a Ford sedan in the No. 3 lane. Authorities reported that the Ford was being followed by the patrol vehicle when, for unknown reasons, the Ford was rear-ended by the sheriff’s car. The impact of the collision propelled the Ford to the right of the roadway. This reportedly caused the Ford to travel down an embankment, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The deputy exited his vehicle to extricate the infant from the Ford and performed life-saving measures. The mother was also removed from the Ford by Good Samaritans, who also began CPR on her. After medical personnel arrived, both the deputy and the mother were transported to the hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. The deputy was later discharged from hospitalization, while officials reported that the mother remained in critical condition. The infant, identified as a 1-year-old boy, was airlifted to a children’s hospital. Sadly, the mother and the baby later passed away during hospitalization. The San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office has identified the mother as 23-year-old Kalesha Johnson of Stockton.