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Rialto youth, 9, suffers major injuries in Calexico-area wreck

November 13, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — A 9-year-old Rialto boy suffered major injuries in a car accident just east of here Sunday.

A press release from the California Highway Patrol stated two cars collided around 11 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Barbara Worth Drive and Highway 98.

According to the press release, Mary Martinez, 19, of Riverside was driving a car with passengers Salvador Arce, 22, a 3-year-old girl, both of Riverside, the 9-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl from Imperial.

Martinez was heading north on Barbara Worth Road approaching highway 98 while the second vehicle driven by Ciro Calderon, 29, of Calexico was heading east on Highway 98 approaching Barbara Worth Road at a speed of 60 to 65 mph.

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Martinez stopped at the intersection but failed to see Calderon's car approaching. Martinez attempted to cross the highway and her car was hit broadside on the left side by Calderon's vehicle.

Martinez, Calderon, Arce and the 15-year-old girl suffered minor injuries. The 3-year-old girl escaped injury while the 9-year-old boy suffered major injuries.

They were all taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center. The 9-year-old was transported to a hospital in San Diego.

According to the press release, the 9-year-old and the 15-year-old were not wearing seat belts. Everyone else was wearing safety restraints, according to the report.

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

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