A young Hermiston girl lost her life after slippery conditions in Idaho sent her family’s vehicle off the road Saturday morning.

According to a release from the Idaho State Police, Roberto Moreno, 56, was driving “too fast for the snowy and icy conditions” in a 2001 Chevy Silverado on Interstate 84 and caused the vehicle to roll into the median at about 8:47 a.m.

Moreno, his wife Digna, 53, and their daughter Leonela, 12, all suffered minor to severe injuries in the crash.

Geri Alejandro, public relations contact at the Cassia Regional Medical Center in Burley, Idaho, said her hospital admitted both Digna and Leonela on Saturday morning following the incident.

At about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Leonela died from injuries she suffered in the crash, according to the hospital.

Her mother left the hospital the next day, Alejandro said.

Leonela Moreno-Calderon was a seventh grader at Sandstone Middle School, according to a Hermiston School District press release sent Monday morning.

The Umatilla-Morrow ESD Crisis Flight Team was set to visit Sandstone on Monday, and a counselor from the school was scheduled to be available Monday and Tuesday to help fellow students cope with the loss of their classmate.

The car accident occurred along Interstate 84 near mile post 258, which is about 20 miles from the Utah border in southern Idaho.

The ISP release said alcohol and drugs were not factors in the crash, and all three occupants were wearing their seatbelts.

Sgt. Keith Thompson of  ISP said Monday that the crash investigation is still  open.

Because of the fatality, his office has to complete standard reconstruction procedures, though he said the cause of the crash was simply too much speed on poor road conditions.

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