Mother, child struck by car driven by unlicensed driver
SANTA ANA A mom and her 4-year-old child were hospitalized after being struck by a car driven by an unlicensed driver who apparently suffered a grand mal seizure, authorities said.
The accident occurred shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday as the mother was pushing her son in a stroller along the 1200 block of East McFadden, near Grand Avenue, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
A Ford Crown Victoria, traveling eastbound on McFadden, veered onto the sidewalk and struck the woman and crushed the stroller, said Santa Ana Fire Capt. Chris Caswell. The car stopped against an iron fence.
The mother and her son were thrown about 20 feet, Caswell said. Firefighters found the disoriented mother face down in mud. The boy suffered head trauma. They were taken to Western Medical Center Santa Ana, Caswell said.
The driver’s 65-year-old mother told police she grabbed the wheel because she believed her son was having a grand mal seizure, Bertagna said.
“Unfortunately she overcompensated, which led to the car jumping the curb and hitting the mother and the boy in the stroller,” Bertagna said.
The 39-year-old driver was unlicensed due to his medical condition, Bertagna said.
The driver and his mother were unharmed.
The incident is being handled by traffic investigators.
For more information regarding this article please contact: