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Three kids hurt after mom runs stop sign
Triggers multi-car collision in Hesperia
HESPERIA • Three juveniles under the age of 12 were airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center after their mother's minivan failed to stop at a posted stop sign, resulting in a three-vehicle crash on Seventh Avenue, officials said Wednesday.
On Christmas afternoon, an adult female driver was headed west on Mesa Street in a minivan with four of her children, the youngest of whom was a 3-year-old. The mother failed to stop for a stop sign and collided with both a northbound and a southbound vehicle in the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Mesa Street, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department press release.
At approximately 2:45 p.m., deputies from the Hesperia Station and rescue personnel from the San Bernardino County Fire responded to the scene of the collision. Deputies discovered that two children had been ejected from the minivan, and one child had been thrown into the rear passenger area and was trapped, according to the release.
When deputies freed the trapped child, they discovered that he had a serious head laceration. He and the two children who had been ejected from the minivan were airlifted to Loma Linda hospital. Deputies believe that these children were either not wearing seat belts or were wearing seat belts incorrectly at the time of the collision, according to the release.
The mother and the fourth juvenile, a female teenager, were transported by ground to a local hospital with less serious injuries, according to the press release. The four occupants of the other two vehicles sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
Both Seventh Avenue and Mesa Street were closed for several hours during the investigation.
From his nearby residence, Rudy Foisy said he saw three helicopters and four ambulances arrive at the scene, and then saw deputies pull a child and car seat from one of the crashed vehicles.
This accident was just one of many Foisy has seen on Seventh Avenue over the past 20 years.
“It’s terrible out there,” Foisy said, explaining that he believes that more stop signs are needed to help prevent accidents.
Deputies from the Hesperia Traffic Division are still investigating the incident, and alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the collision, according to the release.
Anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact Deputy Kevin McCurdy from the Hesperia Station at (760) 951-6276.
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