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San Diego Police Lieutenant, 2 Others Taken to Hospital Following Lakeside Crash: CHP

An acting San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Lieutenant was taken to the hospital after a pick up truck ran a stop sign and slammed into his car, according to California Highway Patrol officers. 

The crash happened at approximately 7:12 p.m. Monday on the 13000 block of Julian Avenue on Halloween night, CHP Officer Steven Toth said. 

The Lieutenant, who has not been identified, was driving approximately 30 miles per hour heading eastbound on Julian Avenue at the time of the crash, Toth said. 

He was hit from the left by a Ford Ranger with a man and woman inside. The pair, driving southbound on Lakeview Road at the time, apparently failed to stop at a stop sign, Toth said. 

The impact of the collision left both cars sprawled across the front yard of a home, the white picket fence crushed.

"Without looking of the dynamics of it yet and how they hit, they may have come together and it just happened to ride up on the fender and get it to go over," Toth said, explaining how one car may have ended up on its side.

A family of five live in the home but were not in the residence at the time of the collision. But earlier in the evening, ther had been a number of  trick-or-treaters in the area.

“Thank God that they haven't been in this area since," said neighbor Dorothy Martin. "There is a lot of high schoolers and teenagers out in the neighborhood That's what we were worried about that somebody was hit."

All three people involved were taken to the hospital with minor to moderate injuries, CHP officials said.

“I could tell he was holding his side, I could tell he was injured after that accident," said Good Samaritan Kelly Eveland, who got to the officer first. "He wasn't moving around very well--shook up, definitely shook up."

CHP officials are investigating whether the driver of the Ford Ranger may have had alcohol in their system. 

The Lakeside Fire Department shut down Julian Avenue at Lakeview Road to investigate.

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

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