Woman, son hurt in crash at school

June 10, 2009 1:54:49 PM PDT
A woman and her 4-year-old son were injured this morning when a driver accidentally accelerated into a chain-link fence at an elementary school in unincorporated Santa Cruz County near Live Oak.

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The crash happened around 8 a.m. as the woman, who is about 30 years old, and her son walked through the parking lot of Green Acres Elementary School at 966 Bostwick Lane, CHP Officer Jason Morgan said.

A female driver, also about 30 years old, was about to pull into a parking spot in the lot when she accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake and accelerated into a nearby chain-link fence, Morgan said.

The end post of the fence became dislodged and struck the female pedestrian in the head, causing major injuries, Morgan said. The 4-year-old boy sustained minor injuries, he said.

Both victims were airlifted to a trauma center, Morgan said.

The driver, who had a toddler in her car, is not suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol and was not arrested, Morgan said. The toddler was uninjured in the crash.

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