The Times of San Diego reports that an intoxicated driver is to blame for a crash that left four juveniles injured on Saturday, September 23rd, in Mission Valley.
According to a statement released by the California Highway Patrol, the crash happened at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Interstate 8 near the Qualcomm Way on-ramp when a Ford Expedition rolled over, ejecting a three-year-old child from the vehicle onto the pavement.
The CHP and other emergency crews responded to the crash scene. Investigators say that of the seven people inside the Expedition, five of them were juveniles. All of the children were reported to have been hurt in the crash.
Paramedics rushed the three-year-old to Rady Children’s Hospital for treatment of critical injuries. The other four children were taken to other area hospitals for undisclosed injury levels.
Law enforcement officers arrested the unidentified driver at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Prosecutors say that the driver will also likely face several counts of child endangerment.
The California Highway Patrol’s San Diego Office asks anyone who witnessed the crash or has any further information to contact their offices at (858) 293-6000.