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Toddler died from medical issues, not in a crash as mom raced to hospital: autopsy

Updated: December 27, 2011 10:23PM

A 3-year-old girl who died after a crash Monday afternoon while her mother rushed her to an Aurora hospital died from a medical condition and not from the crash, police said.

Kayla Bell, 3, of the 1500 block of Victoria Park Circle in Aurora, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, according to Aurora police.

The crash happened about 5:50 p.m. as Kayla was being driven to Rush Copley by her mother, a release from police said. She was apparently suffering an asthma attack and having trouble breathing.

As her 30-year-old mother was driving south on Waterford Drive in a 2002 Subaru Outback, she apparently tried to pass a 2003 Jeep Liberty on the left where the road curves at Fox Point Drive, the release said.

She saw a northbound vehicle head in her direction and swerved back into the southbound lanes where she sideswiped the Jeep. She lost control of the SUV and left the road, continuing south before hitting a fence.

An Aurora police officer heard the crash and found the woman, who said her daughter wasn’t breathing. The officer pulled the girl from the vehicle and administered CPR until paramedics arrived, the release said.

An autopsy on Tuesday found Kayla died because of a medical issue and not from injuries suffered in the crash, police said. There were no signs of foul play.

Her mother was treated for head injuries at Rush Copley. No one else was injured and no citations have been issued pending further review by police.

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