5-year-old boy struck, critically injured by SUV in Irwindale

IRWINDALE — A 5-year-old boy suffered major injuries when he was struck by an SUV on Arrow Highway Friday, authorities said.
The boy was struck about 1:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of Arrow Highway, just east of Rivergrade Road, in front of the entrance to the San Gabriel Dam, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.
The boy was flown by helicopter to a trauma center in critical condition, fire Capt. Gerald Gonzales said. When loaded into the helicopter, he had a pulse but was not breathing.
The boy was with his father and younger sister, who was in a stroller, as they tried to cross Arrow Highway mid-block, fire Capt. Gerald Gonzales said. They had already crossed eastbound traffic lanes.
A westbound vehicle stopped to allow the family to cross, and the little boy ran out ahead of his father and sister, the captain said.
A Jeep Cherokee headed west on Arrow Highway in the No. 2 lane failed to see the boy until it was too late, officials said.
The driver, a woman estimated to be about 50, swerved her SUV in an attempt to miss the boy, but was unable to avoid striking him, according to Gonzales.
Officials said the boy was either thrown or carried about 50 feet following the impact. The Jeep collided with the north curb as the driver swerved, flattening at least one tire.
The boy’s father and sister were not injured.
Firefighters took the driver of the Jeep to a hospital after she complained of chest pain, Gonzales added.
The crash was being investigated by the Irwindale Police Department.


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