Elderly Driver Runs Red Light Crashes onto School Property Hits Boy
PALM DESERT, California (Oct. 24, 2013) – A 10-year-old boy was air-lifted with serious non-life threatening injuries after being struck Wednesday morning by an elderly driver on the grounds of Abraham Lincoln Elementary School at 74,100 Rutlege Way, according to a press release by the Riverside Police Department.
About 9:49 a.m. on October 23, a Chevrolet Cruze driven by an 83-year-old man crashed through a wrought iron fence onto school grounds and struck the boy, Riverside Police said in a report.
The driver had been heading southbound on Portola Avenue when he allegedly ran through a red light at the intersection of Magnesia Falls. He continued driving into opposing traffic and went off the roadway before hitting a traffic signal, then the fence and the child.
The driver and his female passenger were not injured in the car accident.
Police closed down traffic for roughly five hours as they investigated the pedestrian accident and debris from the crash was cleaned up.
Anyone with information about the accident may contact Officer Brad Stone at the Palm Desert Police Department at(760) 836-1600.