SANTA ANA (CBS) — A mother, her niece, and two children were struck by a white Volvo sedan just before 5 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of East Civic Center Drive and North Bush Street in Santa Ana.
Initial reports indicated the vehicle had struck two adults and three children, ranging in age from 1 to 5-years-old. Police now say the eldest child escaped being hit.
The driver struck the victims as the two women pushed the two younger children in strollers.
“I don’t think I’m ever gonna forget what I saw,” said Atzenet Moguel, a witness at the scene. “The babies were crying, and the girl under the car. One of the ladies was twitching and the other one was in shock.”
Investigators are trying to determine why the driver traveling around 40 mph through a residential neighborhood did not appear to have stopped.
A 3-year-old girl suffered severe trauma after being pinned under the vehicle. A 1-year-old boy suffered only minor injuries, and a 5-year-old boy was unhurt.
All victims were transported to local hospitals. The driver was treated at the scene and released.
The adult females and 3-year-old girl are in serious condition, but are expected to survive.