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Mother, Toddler Hospitalized After Car Hit by Suspected DUI Driver

A mother and her toddler were hospitalized Friday night after a suspected DUI driver ran a red light on a Chula Vista road and smashed into the car they were in.

Police say the mother, 36, and her 4-year-old daughter were driving westbound on G Street in a Honda Civic at around 6:15 p.m. when they were broadsided by a BMW with a 22-year-old behind the wheel.

According to the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD), the BMW driver ran a red light on southbound 5th Avenue at about 50 mph. The BMW hit the Civic square on its passenger side.

The mother suffered a broken rib and bruising to her neck and chest. She and her daughter, who was uninjured, were both taken to UCSD Medical Center.

A Good Samaritan who tended to the woman and her child immediately after the impact said neither of the passengers were able to talk.

"The mother's injuries were very serious," Courtney Applegate said. "She was incoherent, she wasn't able to speak or look at anybody or really move. The daughter was fine, she was behind her. She must have had the wind knocked out of her because she wasn't able to talk. She was just crying."

The driver of the BMW, identified as 22-year-old Morrissey Jiminez, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

No other information was available.

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