Staff writers

RICHMOND -- A 5-year-old girl died Monday morning after she was ejected from an SUV that flipped multiple times on Richmond Parkway, police said.

Xaniah Jackson, of San Pablo, was not wearing a seat belt when she was thrown through the back window of an SUV when it flipped twice at 8:10 a.m., just past the Hilltop Drive intersection. She was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital, Richmond police Detective Nicole Abetkov said.

A 7-year-old, a teenager and two adults who were also in the car were not seriously injured, Abetkov said. The driver, a 30-year-old San Pablo woman, appeared to be the only one in the car who was buckled up and was also not hurt.

All of the car's occupants are family members, according to police.

Richmond Parkway was closed for several hours in the northbound direction at Goodrick Avenue and in the southbound direction at San Pablo Avenue, Abetkov said.

Investigators believe speed may have been a factor in the crash. The speed limit is 50 mph on Richmond Parkway, but motorists are known to drive much faster, which is particularly dangerous on the parkway's bends and downward slopes, according to Abetkov, who said she could recall two fatalities there in recent years.

In July 2012, a 32-year-old El Sobrante man died after losing control of his motorcycle and crashing into a tree on Richmond Parkway between Macdonald and Barrett avenues. Richmond Parkway stretches from Interstate 80 to Interstate 580.


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Police are continuing to investigate the single-car crash. No arrests have been made.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH. Contact David DeBolt in Richmond at 510-262-2728 and follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.