A 25-year-old freeway motorist dropped her ice cream cone and lost control of her car, killing her mother during a roll-over accident last night deep in the Mojave Desert east of Barstow, according to California Highway Patrol officers.
The 53-year-old victim had released her seatbelt to help clean up the mess, investigators said. She was ejected and died at the scene of the 5 p.m. wreck Monday along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 near Newberry Springs.
The daughter suffered major injuries, including a possibly broken arm. The women’s names have not been released. Both are from London, England.
The women were traveling east in a 2006 Toyota Prius when the daughter dropped the ice cream while driving about 70 mph, officers said in a written statement.
“The mother … took off her seatbelt to assist in cleaning up the ice cream,” according to the statement. “The driver took her attention off the roadway and allowed the vehicle to drift.
“The driver then overcorrected … and overturned in the median.”
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