Monterey County

Major injuries for 3-year-old Salinas boy struck by SUV

Boy, 3, struck by car in Prunedale

PRUNEDALE, Calif. - A 3-year-old boy was air lifted to a San Jose hospital with major head injuries after he allegedly ran in front of an SUV in Prunedale Wednesday afternoon.

California Highway Patrol officers said the child was standing on the side of Camino Real North with his father when he ran out in front of a Chevy Tahoe in front of Peninsula Auto Dismantler's.

The driver stopped, but wouldn't say much about the crash.

A witness reported that the boy was standing on the traffic side of their vehicle with his father when he bolted into traffic, running directly into the passenger side of the SUV as it passed. It's unclear whether the boy went under the rear tire of the Tahoe or not.

People who live and work along this road told NewsChannel 5 reporter Marissa Schwartz that it's a dangerous roadway, with many people speeding through. 

"They'll just haul through here and not even look," said resident Teri Reyes. "You know, I walk through here all the time, I live right behind here and the stores, our regular children that live up the street and people just aren't cautious and they don't care."

Family members say the child is in stable condition.

The driver was not arrested and was not charged in the accident. Witness statements and a nearby surveillance camera put the Tahoe's speed at 20-25 miles per hour.

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