Six hurt in Richmond rollover crash

September 22, 2008 4:05:30 PM PDT
Richmond police say an unlicensed, undocumented driver is hospitalized in critical condition after causing an accident that injured five other people, including three children.

The accident happened just before 7:30 a.m. on Monday morning near the intersection of 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Richmond police say this is a growing problem in the city and they are seeing it more and more. The driver at fault is an immigrant from Guatemala immigrant with no driver's license and no insurance.

Richmond police say an SUV ran a red light and went head-on into a sedan, seriously injuring two adults and two four-year-old twins inside. They say the SUV rolled over and then hit a teenage girl walking to school on the sidewalk. In all, six people were hurt, including the driver who is in critical condition.

Police say the SUV driver did not have insurance or a driver's license and has no ability to pay for damages or medical bills. Richmond police say this is a growing problem and it victimizes those in the crash even more.

"The medical bills and the ongoing medical bills is, I think, the price tag that needs to be looked at. People have insurance to cover tragedy or an incident that happens that can't be avoided. That's why you have insurance. The absence of that is to pass that liability on to everyone," says Richmond Police Lieutenant Mark Gagen.

Richmond police say they do not plan deportation charges for the driver, but do plan on charging him for not having a driver's license or insurance.


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