Dad Jumps to Save Toddler from Oncoming Car

The boy's father was also injured when he dove to try and save him

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    The grandmother of a 2-year-old boy talks to NBC 7 reporter Rory Devine about her grandson getting struck by a Mercedes. (Published Wednesday, Mar 6, 2013)

    A San Diego toddler was hospitalized after running out into the street and getting hit by a car Tuesday.

    The boy’s father was injured when he dove into the street to try and protect his son.

    Dad Jumps to Save Toddler from Oncoming Car

    [DGO] Dad Jumps to Save Toddler from Oncoming Car
    The grandmother of a 2-year-old boy talks to NBC 7 reporter Rory Devine about her grandson getting struck by a Mercedes. (Published Wednesday, Mar 6, 2013)

    At one point, the 2-year-old boy had no pulse and wasn’t breathing after the accident on Brookhaven in Bay Terraces.
    A San Diego police officer began CPR.

    Emergency personnel were able to get a pulse and transported the toddler to Rady’s Children Hospital.

    The boy’s parents were talking in the driveway of their home around 6:30 p.m. when the boy darted out from the house and into the street.

    "I could hear the impact," said the boy's grandmother Angie Fernandez.

    Investigators say it appears the child’s grandmother was watching him inside the house and had opened the door just moments before the accident.

    A Mercedes was traveling along Brookhaven at a normal rate but the dark street prevented the driver from seeing the child, according to San Diego police investigators.

    “This is nothing more than a tragic accident. It is unfortunate but speed didn’t play a factor in this, nor did alcohol,” said SDPD Lt. David Rohowits.

    Even though the 52-year-old driver will not face charges, one neighbor said the road is often used a high-speed shortcut through the area.

    “Speed bumps, another stop,” said resident Vince Valdez. “Does it take the life of a kid to realize that people gotta slow down?”

    The child suffered two broken arms, a broken wrist, a broken leg and a head injury. His father suffered minor injuries. Both are expected to survive the accident officials said.