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Family members injured when vehicle rolls

April 09, 2001|By MARIO RENTERIA, Staff Writer

SUNRISE BUTTE — A car in which a San Diego family was traveling overturned near here Sunday, leaving an 8-year-old child with major injuries.

According to a press release from the California Highway Patrol, Antonio Banuelos, 31, was driving a sport-utility vehicle and transporting his wife, Zaray, 25; children, Lidia, 8, Antonio Jr., 8, Angel, 2; and brother Manuel, 22. They were heading west on Highway 98 west of Sunrise Butte about 11:30 a.m. and were traveling at approximately 65 mph behind three slower-moving vehicles when the SUV drifted off the road.

Banuelos tried to steer the SUV back onto the road but overcorrected, according to the press release. He reportedly swerved left and right several times before he the SUV overturned on the eastbound lane of the highway.

Lidia and Antonio Jr. were in the back of the vehicle and were ejected. They were not wearing seat belts.

Lidia suffered internal injuries. Information on the hospital she was taken to was not available at presstime. California Highway Patrol spokesman Jose Salazar said she was probably transported to a San Diego hospital.

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Antonio Jr. complained of pain to his lower back. He was not taken to a hospital.

Antonio Banuelos had lacerations to his head, hands and complained of chest pains. He was taken to a local hospital. Information on which hospital he was taken to was not available at presstime.

Manuel Banuelos received a small laceration to the right side of his head.

Zaray and Angel Banuelos were not injured.

According to the press release Zaray and Antonio were wearing seat belts. Manuel was not. Angel was wearing a seat belt but should have been in a child-safety seat, according to the press release.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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