Riverside Police Department Press Release

For Immediate Release

Date Wednesday, September 6, 2006
Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
Phone (951) 826-5147

Traffic collision

Riverside, Ca- A four-year-old Riverside boy was ejected from a van driven by his mother in a traffic collision Wednesday morning, September 6, 2006, at the corner of Arlington and Rutland avenues. He remains at Loma Linda University Medical Center in critical condition.

The green Chevrolet Astro van the boy was riding in was traveling southbound on Rutland Avenue through the intersection when it was struck at 8:04 a.m., by a maroon Chevrolet Blazer which had run the red light. The force of the crash tipped the van onto its side; the boy was ejected through a rear window, landing on the pavement a short distance from the vehicle. He was transported from Riverside Community Hospital to Loma Linda University Medical Center with a fractured skull.

The boy’s mother, 57, drove the van.

The driver of the Blazer SUV was a 30-year-old Riverside woman. She had a two-year-old female passenger. There were no other injuries.

Investigators at the scene determined that neither child was properly secured in a child safety seat.

The intersection was partially blocked until 11:30 a.m. The investigation continues. Anyone with information helpful to this investigation is urged to contact Detective Ken Madsen at (951) 353-7989.