Littlefield Police release names of man, child killed in crash

Published: Jul. 13, 2021 at 8:59 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2021 at 9:44 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Emergency crews in Littlefield responded to a fatal collision at the intersection of Highway 84 and Loop 430 Tuesday evening involving multiple vehicles, including a semi-tractor trailer and Bailey County EMS.

Littlefield Police say just before 5 p.m., a White Honda Accord ran a stop sign at the intersection as it was attempting to cross westbound US Highway 84.

The Honda was struck by a 2014 Freightliner Cascadia semi-tractor and trailer traveling westbound in the right-most lane of traffic. Police say the driver of the Freightliner tried to miss the Honda and sideswiped a Bailey County EMS ambulance as it was attempting to pass the truck in the left lane of through traffic.

The impact of the resulting collisions caused the vehicles to come to rest in the center median of the highway, according to police.

Police say the driver of the Honda was pronounced deceased at the scene. His two-year-old daughter was transported to Covenant Woman’s and Children’s Hospital in Lubbock by Aero Care helicopter, and passed away a short time after arrival. The driver’s wife was transported to University Medical Center by Littlefield EMS with life-threatening injuries.

The Bailey County EMS crew was transported to Lamb Healthcare Center by Sudan EMS with light to moderate injuries.

Mario Amilcar Ortiz-Diaz, 45, from San Gabriel, California was the driver (Deceased).

Scarlett Saponaro, 2, from Henderson, Nevada was in the left rear seat of the car in an approved safety seat (Deceased).

Karla Theresa Garcia Aguilar, 21, from Henderson, Nevada was the right front passenger. She is listed in critical condition at UMC Hospital in Lubbock.

The Bailey County EMS crew members were treated and released from the Lamb Healthcare Center with minor injuries. Their names were withheld.

Marvin Grothe, 62, from San Angelo, Texas refused medical treatment at the scene. He was the truck driver.

Officials say the Texas Department of Public Safety is assisting the Littlefield PD in this ongoing investigation.

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