Boy, 4, in intensive care following rollover crash

A 4-year-old boy was airlifted to a Seattle hospital and three other people were transported to Forks Community Hospital following a rollover wreck on U.S. Highway 101.

The boy, who was in a defective child restraint, according to the State Patrol report, was in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit on Wednesday at Harborview Medical Center, hospital spokesperson Susan Gregg said. The boy was conscious and recovering from a concussion, the State Patrol said Wednesday.

Feladelfo Lopez, 37, of Forks was driving a 1996 Toyota Tacoma eastbound on the highway near milepost 205 at about 5:38 p.m. Tuesday and attempting to pass another vehicle when the front right wheel of the truck fell off, causing the vehicle to roll over and spin into the westbound shoulder of the road, according to a State Patrol collision report.

Lopez and two passengers, Nicole Konopaski, 33, of Forks and a 12-year-old boy, were transported to Forks Community Hospital, and they were discharged soon afterward, a hospital spokesperson said.

Troopers investigating the wreck said the two boys were not wearing their seatbelts properly. Investigators also found marijuana and prescription drugs in the vehicle.

The State Patrol cited Lopez for defective equipment and unsafe passing. Lopez is being investigated for driving under the influence, vehicular assault and using a defective child restraint, according to the report.

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Reporter Ken Park can be reached by email at [email protected]

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