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Teen seriously hurt in collision near Brawley

February 03, 2001|By KELLY RAUSCH, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — Seven people were injured, one seriously, in a two-vehicle collision east of here Saturday.

At 3:50 p.m. a pickup heading west on Hastain Road ran a stop sign, striking the rear of a minivan being driven north on Highway 115, said California Highway Patrol Officer Timothy Willock.

The impact caused the minivan, driven by Victor Avila, 36, to go sideways and roll about two times, Willock said.

Of the minivan's eight occupants, all of Brawley, seven sustained injuries. Four of the injured were transported to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley, including a 15-year-old female who suffered massive head trauma and multiple lacerations, Willock said. She was sitting in the far right seat in the rear of the vehicle, the side of impact, Willock said.

The minivan's other passengers were Lynn Phillips, 57, Theresa Gonzalez, 45, Mercedes Gonzalez, 73, a 5-year-old girl, a 13-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl.

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All of the minivan's occupants were wearing seatbelts, Willock said. Avila was not among those injured.

The driver of the truck, Jose Navarro, 37, of El Centro, was not injured in the accident, Willock said.

The accident is under investigation, Willock said.

Staff Writer Kelly Rausch can be reached at 337-3442.

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