Grandmother Hurt While Shielding Kids from Speeding Car
“Driver slammed on brakes but could not avoid hitting woman in Tustin crosswalk.”
SANTA ANA A grandmother walking her grandchildren to school this morning was hit by a car while she shielded the two youngsters, the California Highway Patrol said.
Around 7:40 a.m., the CHP got several calls about the injured woman, who was walking her grandchildren, a boy, 6, and a girl, 8 to Guin Foss Elementary School.
The three were walking in a crosswalk east on Holt Avenue at Vanderlip Avenue, with vehicles stopped in the left lane, when the driver of a red Nissan Sentra that appeared to have been speeding slammed on the brakes, CHP Officer Devon Boatman said at the scene.
Seeing the approaching vehicle, she stood in front of the children, to block them from the impending collision. The woman slammed onto the hood of the car and then hit the ground, Boatman said.
The woman was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana for bruises and scrapes to her left side and for a possible broken limb, Boatman said. Several witnesses came to the aid of the woman.
The children’s parents arrived shortly and took them away. The girl was also struck on the left side but was not seriously injured, Boatman said. The grandmother, the children and the driver of the car were not identified.
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