3 Injured After Car Runs Red Light Prior to Crash in Valley Center

Posted on May 07, 2011

May 2, 2011 - Valley Center, Calif.  - In an accident that occurred on Sunday, April 25, a vehicle broadsided a Jeep and sent two young children and an adult to the hospital, according to a report at SignOnSanDiego.com. All three victims suffered serious injuries.

The website stated the car accident occurred around 2:45 p.m. on Easter Sunday.  The report indicated that a woman who was driving a BMW failed to stop at a Valley Canter Road red light. She collided with the Jeep, which was northbound on Cole Grade Road.

The woman in the BMW was driving without a license, a spokesman from the California Highway Patrol said.

The young victims, boys ages 3 and 4, had been riding in the back of the Jeep. Both suffered head trauma and were transported to Rady Children's Hospital.  Although the boys were restrained in child seats, they may not have been properly restrained, the CHP spokesman said. Otherwise, their injuries may not have been so severe, he said.

The third victim, a passenger in the Jeep, lost consciousness in the crash. The 60-year-old was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital.

The drivers of each vehicle had complaints of pain, but neither was transported to a hospital after the crash in Valley Center.

The BMW driver was ticketed for a red light violation and for driving without a license.

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,081 traffic fatalities in California in 2009.

Occasionally, our firm will publish news stories about serious or fatal accidents in our coverage area in order to raise awareness about the types of crashes that can occur in San Diego and elsewhere in our region.

Some of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents include:

  • single-vehicle crashes;
  • crashes involving speeding;
  • crashes involving large trucks; and
  • rollover accidents. 

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