6-Year-Old Boy Killed in Car Crash On Way To School [UPDATED]
A 6-year-old boy was killed and his grandmother was severely injured after being hit by a pick-up truck as he was heading to school in Santa Ana.
A 17-year-old boy was behind the wheel of the pick-up truck and was cooperative with investigators Santa Ana police corporal Anthony Bertagna told City News Service. "It appears to be an accident," Bertagna told CNS.
The boy was with his 48-year-old grandmother and his 7-year-old sister when the truck struck the boy and the grandmother at Central Ave. and Ramona Dr. at around 7:40 a.m. The grandmother suffered a serious head injury and multiple broken bones according to Bertagna and Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi. She was listed in critical condition.
According to CBS LA, both the boy and the grandmother were unresponsive at the scene. The boy's 7-year-old sister was not hit and escaped injury.
The teenager was driving his 13-year-old brother to Douglas MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School before going to Segerstrom High School which he attended. The teen was driving south on Ramona as the pedestrians were crossing Central.
Bertagna also told CNS that a driver who was behind the teenager came back to the scene to say that the teen had stopped at the stop sign in the intersection.
"They would have been in the unmarked crosswalk, now whether he felt that they yield for him, at this point that’s what we are looking in to," Bertagna told CBS LA.
UPDATE, OCTOBER 17, 10:38 A.M. Sadly, CNS reports that the grandmother who was injured Monday in the accident that killed her grandson has also died.
Carmen Teresa Silva, 51, died at a hospital late Wednesday afternoon, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told CNS. Earlier reports listed her age as 48.
Her grandson has been identified as 6-year-old Alan Martinez, who died at the hospital shortly after being struck.
A 17-year-old boy was behind the wheel of the Ford F250 pickup that hit the two pedestrians, Bertagna said. He was driving south on Ramona and turning east on to Central when the pedestrians were struck.
A motorist who was behind the teen driver returned to the scene of the collision to tell detectives the boy halted at a stop sign at the intersection.
"It appears to be an accident,'' Bertagna said, adding that the teen driver was "very polite" and cooperative and is "devastated."