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Five children hurt in suspected DUI crash in La Mesa, two suspects arrested

LA MESA, CA – A man and a woman were arrested, and five children were injured in a suspected DUI accident, one that possibly involved a weapon, in La Mesa on Friday night, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The accident happened on Baltimore Avenue at about 10:40 p.m., after a witness said that a driver of a van had been brandishing a gun from his car window.

The driver fled from an officer who had attempted a traffic stop, before finally crashing.

Five children inside the van suffered minor injuries in the accident. The children, who were reportedly not sitting in a proper car seat, were taken to the hospital.

The female driver was taken into police custody on charges of felony child endangerment and suspected DUI.

The man from the original report who was said to have been wielding a gun had fled the van before the collision. A male suspect, however, was soon apprehended by police.

Disclaimer: Many of the accidents we report on are preventable. Our hope is that by publishing information about severe accidents, we can equip readers with the information they need to avoid finding themselves involved in such a tragedy. These stories are painful, but real, as they are sourced from news outlets. Outlets sometimes update their published reports. If information on this blog is outdated or incorrect, please let us know so we can update our posting to the most up-to-date information. These posts do not contain legal advice and should not be construed in such a way.

11-month-old in stroller and father injured after being hit by car in La Jolla

SAN DIEGO, CA – A father and his 11-month-old infant riding in a stroller were injured when they were struck by a car in La Jolla yesterday, according to Fox 5 San Diego.

The accident happened near the intersection of La Jolla Mesa Drive and La Jolla Scenic Drive at about 4 p.m. when a driver collided with an 11-month-old as well as the baby’s father, who was pushing the child in a stroller.

The child was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries, while the father received minor wounds in the accident.

The driver was not reported as injured.

Authorities have not yet released the identities of the victims or the driver.

Disclaimer: Many of the accidents we report on are preventable. Our hope is that by publishing information about severe accidents, we can equip readers with the information they need to avoid finding themselves involved in such a tragedy. These stories are painful, but real, as they are sourced from news outlets. Outlets sometimes update their published reports. If information on this blog is outdated or incorrect, please let us know so we can update our posting to the most up-to-date information. These posts do not contain legal advice and should not be construed in such a way.

Update: Boy was riding scooter when struck on Alpine street

SAN DIEGO, CA – A three-year-old child was riding a scooter without a helmet when he was struck by a car on a neighborhood street in Alpine on Friday.

According to the Times of San Diego, the three-year-old boy rode his scooter out of a private driveway on River Dance Count at 9 a.m. The small child crashed into the front passenger side of the 2010 Mazda 3.

The child suffered moderately severe trauma and was airlifted from the scene to a children’s hospital.

The 54-year-old El Cajon driver will most likely not face charges in connection with the accident.

Disclaimer: Many of the accidents we report on are preventable. Our hope is that by publishing information about severe accidents, we can equip readers with the information they need to avoid finding themselves involved in such a tragedy. These stories are painful, but real, as they are sourced from news outlets. Outlets sometimes update their published reports. If information on this blog is outdated or incorrect, please let us know so we can update our posting to the most up-to-date information. These posts do not contain legal advice and should not be construed in such a way.

Child pedestrian suffers broken arm, leg in NE San Diego hit-and-run

SAN DIEGO, CA – A 12-year-old girl suffered multiple injuries last night when she was struck by a driver who then fled the scene.

According to ABC 10 News, the accident happened in the Tierra Santa neighborhood, near the intersection of Santo Rd and Tierrasanta Blvd, just after 10:45 p.m. The girl was crossing the street at a crosswalk, albeit one with a red signal, when she was struck by a vehicle headed westbound on Tierrasanta. The driver fled the scene of the collision.

The victim suffered injuries including a broken leg and a broken arm, though she is expected to survive.

Authorities are searching for the driver of the unknown vehicle and are continuing to investigate the accident.

Disclaimer: Many of the accidents we report on are preventable. Our hope is that by publishing information about severe accidents, we can equip readers with the information they need to avoid finding themselves involved in such a tragedy. These stories are painful, but real, as they are sourced from news outlets. Outlets sometimes update their published reports. If information on this blog is outdated or incorrect, please let us know so we can update our posting to the most up-to-date information. These posts do not contain legal advice and should not be construed in such a way.

Young boy injured in El Cajon accident

SAN DIEGO, CA – A young child sustained major injuries after being struck by a vehicle on a residential street in El Cajon on Friday morning.

According to CHP, the child was hit by a red Mazda3 in the 2900 block of River Dance Way at about 9:10 a.m.

The boy, whose age was not specified, sustained major injuries from the accident.

Further details have not become available.

Disclaimer: Many of the accidents we report on are preventable. Our hope is that by publishing information about severe accidents, we can equip readers with the information they need to avoid finding themselves involved in such a tragedy. These stories are painful, but real, as they are sourced from news outlets. Outlets sometimes update their published reports. If information on this blog is outdated or incorrect, please let us know so we can update our posting to the most up-to-date information. These posts do not contain legal advice and should not be construed in such a way.

12-year-old girl suffers brain bleed after skateboard crash

SAN DIEGO, CA – A young girl suffered major injuries after crashing into a minivan on her skateboard in the City Heights on Wednesday evening.

The Times of San Diego reported that the 12-year-old was riding her skateboard downhill and eastbound on Estrella Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. She slammed into the rear bumper of a 2011 Toyota Sienna as it drove through the intersection of Estrella and Polk Avenues.

The injured child was transported to Rady Children’s Hospital with a brain bleed and a fractured skull.

An update on her condition has not been made available on Thursday. We will update this story should more information come to light.

Disclaimer: Many of the accidents we report on are preventable. Our hope is that by publishing information about severe accidents, we can equip readers with the information they need to avoid finding themselves involved in such a tragedy. These stories are painful, but real, as they are sourced from news outlets. Outlets sometimes update their published reports. If information on this blog is outdated or incorrect, please let us know so we can update our posting to the most up-to-date information. These posts do not contain legal advice and should not be construed in such a way.

Poway teen recovering after horrific trampoline accident

POWAY, CA – A Poway teenager injured in a June 30 trampoline accident is recovering at Rady Children’s Hospital, NBC 7 reports. Fourteen-year-old Drew Merrifield spent two weeks in the facility’s ICU and has now been moved to the ACU as he undergoes rehab treatment.

Cassie Merrifield, Drew’s mother, says the incident occurred shortly after the family had finished dinner. Drew and his older brother Colton went out to the backyard to play on the family’s trampoline. They had only been gone a few minutes when Colton ran back inside and told his parents that Drew was unconscious following a failed trick.

Tim Merrifield called 911 and paramedics rushed Drew to the hospital, where doctors determined that the boy’s neck was broken. Now, nearly three weeks later, the teen is able to walk with the aid of a walker, and while he faces at least another month of rehab, his prognosis has improved. The Merrifields attribute their good fortune to Colton’s quick actions in alerting them to the injury.

Disclaimer: Many of the accidents we report on are preventable. Our hope is that by publishing information about severe accidents, we can equip readers with the information they need to avoid finding themselves involved in such a tragedy. These stories are painful, but real, as they are sourced from news outlets. Outlets sometimes update their published reports. If information on this blog is outdated or incorrect, please let us know so we can update our posting to the most up-to-date information. These posts do not contain legal advice and should not be construed in such a way.

Suit filed against operators of San Diego Co. Fair in petting zoo E. coli outbreak

SAN DIEGO, CA – Seven families are filing a lawsuit against the operators of the San Diego County Fair in connection to the 2019 E. coli outbreak, according to CBS8.

A child from one of the families, 2-year-old Jedediah Cabezuela, died on June 24, 2019, due to E. coli he contracted from the fair’s animal exhibits.

The fair ran from May 31 to July 4 last year and shuttered its animal exhibits not long after the child died.

The lawsuit claims that the operator of the San Diego County Fair, the 22nd District Agricultural Association, did not take proper precautions and care during the operation of its petting zoo, livestock, and other animal exhibits.

The seven families were diagnosed with STEC, shiga-toxin-producing E. coli, a form of the infection that is accompanied by symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, and fever.

Each of the families visited the animal exhibits at the fair between June 8 and June 22, according to the report.

The lawsuit claims that the operators of the fair failed to warn customers of the risks involved in a live-animal exhibit, failed to provide hand-washing facilities, failed to properly clean and inspect the fairgrounds, failed to train employees in E. coli risk maintenance, and failed to screen animals for the infection.

The E. coli outbreak is still being investigated by multiple agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the Health and Human Services Administration.

Representatives from the 22nd District Agricultura Association were not available for comment.

Disclaimer: Many of the accidents we report on are preventable. Our hope is that by publishing information about severe accidents, we can equip readers with the information they need to avoid finding themselves involved in such a tragedy. These stories are painful, but real, as they are sourced from news outlets. Outlets sometimes update their published reports. If information on this blog is outdated or incorrect, please let us know so we can update our posting to the most up-to-date information. These posts do not contain legal advice and should not be construed in such a way.

13 charges filed for man who drove pickup off Sunset Cliffs with his two toddlers inside

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SAN DIEGO, CA – Thirteen charges were filed Friday against the man who intentionally drove a pickup truck off a cliff on June 13 while his two toddler girls were inside the vehicle.

NBC San Diego reports that 47-year-old Robert Brians has been charged with attempted murder, child abuse, kidnapping, child abduction, making criminal threats, and burglary. He is being held without bail and will be remotely arraigned on Monday at the San Diego Central Courthouse.

The incident began around 4:30 a.m. when the mother of the 2-year-old girls reported that Brians had allegedly made threats to drive off the Coronado Bridge.

Brians drove his pickup off Sunset Cliffs after being identified on Hill Street by law enforcement. The vehicle landed upside-down in the ocean, and Brians and the two children were rescued by an officer who used his service dog’s leash to climb down the cliff.

Brians and the girls were sent to the hospital for the treatment of non-critical injuries.

Disclaimer: Many of the accidents we report on are preventable. Our hope is that by publishing information about severe accidents, we can equip readers with the information they need to avoid finding themselves involved in such a tragedy. These stories are painful, but real, as they are sourced from news outlets. Outlets sometimes update their published reports. If information on this blog is outdated or incorrect, please let us know so we can update our posting to the most up-to-date information. These posts do not contain legal advice and should not be construed in such a way.

Man drives pickup off cliff with two 3-year-old daughters inside

POINT LOMA, CA – Three people were sent to the hospital after a man thought to be suicidal drove off a cliff with his two 3-year-old girls inside the vehicle, reports KFMB.

The accident happened around Hill Street and Cornish Drive at about 4:30 a.m.

A witness reported to police that the father had threatened to drive his Dodge pickup truck off the Coronado Bay Bridge.

An officer found the vehicle overturned in the water soon afterward, as well as the man and one of his daughters outside the Dodge. The second child was rescued from the wrecked pickup by emergency crews.

The three victims were taken to the hospital for the treatment of non-critical injuries.

There is no information on the identity of the victims at this time.

Disclaimer: Many of the accidents we report on are preventable. Our hope is that by publishing information about severe accidents, we can equip readers with the information they need to avoid finding themselves involved in such a tragedy. These stories are painful, but real, as they are sourced from news outlets. Outlets sometimes update their published reports. If information on this blog is outdated or incorrect, please let us know so we can update our posting to the most up-to-date information. These posts do not contain legal advice and should not be construed in such a way.

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