Woman killed in crash on I-25 near S. Academy; toddler seriously injured

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado State Patrol is investigating a fatal single-car crash that happened on I-25 near S. Academy on Tuesday.

Troopers say Shara Cardenas, 28, of Colorado Springs, was driving a Chevy Malibu southbound on I-25 in the left lane when she drifted onto the left shoulder and collided with the metal guardrail. Cardenas steered abruptly to the right and rotated, traveling across both southbound lanes and continuing off the right side of the road, according to officials. She then collided with the hillside and rolled over before coming to rest near the top of the hill.

According to officials, Cardenas was ejected from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. She was not wearing her seatbelt. A three-year-old child, who was restrained in a child safety seat, suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

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