Car Hits Stroller Near Rancho Santa Fe

Toddler sent to hospital with critical injuries, could face surgery

A woman died and a toddler was injured after a car struck a stroller near Rancho Santa Fe on Friday, according to police.

The incident happened shortly before noon at the intersection of Camino Del Sur and Via Verrazzano.

The woman was in her 40s and worked as the child's nanny. She was transported to Scripps La Jolla Hospital and did not survive her injuries.

The 13-month-old boy was transported to Rady Children's Hospital with critical injuries.

The boy's mother told NBC 7 San Diego that the boy is in the Intensive Care Unit and could get surgery. He has a shattered spleen, pelvic fracture, broken rib and a skull fracture. She said the boy is turning 14 months on Saturday and the family is shocked by this accident.

Aerial view of the scene shows a dark SUV with a large indent on its hood. The stroller had been knocked over half-way on its side and was trapped underneath the hood of the car.

Police said the woman was crossing the road with the child when a female driver struck the pair. The woman has been questioned by authorities and they are investigating the incident.

Witness Iraj Karimi told NBC 7 San Diego that a female bicyclist pulled the toddler out from under the stroller. Karimi also said the driver was screaming following the accident.

Officials are investigating whether or not the woman was crossing against the WALK sign.

Police shut down the intersection while they investigated.

Late Friday night the Medical Examiner's office identified the nanny killed in this collision as 41-year-old San Diego resident Monserrat Mendez. The ME's report said the vehicle that fatally struck Mendez as she was walking with the stroller had ran a red light at the intersection of the accident.

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