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Car hits baby in stroller

Crash causes minor injuries, and another collision Tuesday involved unlicensed driver.

December 08, 2010|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com

GLENDALE — Two collisions Tuesday morning resulted in minor injuries to a car passenger and a baby in a stroller, police said.

An unlicensed driver, Andros Martinez, 18, was arrested and cited by police after allegedly broadsiding a white Mercedes with his Mazda van. He then made a complete circle when he tried to recover from a hard turn and struck a Toyota SUV at Chevy Chase Drive and Wilson Avenue, Glendale Police Officer Tom Broadway said.

Martinez and the driver of the Mercedes both said they had a green light, Broadway added.

A passenger in the Mercedes was taken to Glendale Adventist Medical Center after he complained of pain to his head, right shoulder and back, Broadway said.

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Earlier that day, a 4-month-old baby in a stroller was struck by a motorist who claimed to not see her due to the sun's glare, police said.

The baby sustained small cuts on her hand during the crash, and her stroller was damaged, Glendale Police Sgt. Dennis Smith said.

"We were very lucky," Smith said of the minor injuries to the baby.

The baby's mother had been pushing the stroller about 8:18 a.m. north on East Jackson Street to Harvard Street when the driver, who was headed south on Jackson, made a left on Harvard Street and hit the stroller, he said.

The stroller spun around and tipped over while the baby was still inside, Smith said.

While the baby didn't sustain any significant visible injuries, paramedics took her to Glendale Memorial Hospital to be examined, Smith said.

"The baby looked like she was in real good condition," he said.

Still, Smith said the baby's mother was shaken up.

The collision was the third pedestrian-involved collision in two days.

A 12-year-old Wilson Middle School student sustained minor injuries Monday morning when a car hit her as she was being dropped off in front of the campus.

Later that day, a 69-year-old woman who was walking east on South Central Avenue to California Avenue was struck about 12:45 p.m. by a motorist turning left onto Central. She complained of pain and was taken to a local hospital.

The sun's glare or other weather and road conditions can impair vision, Smith said, meaning motorists and pedestrians must pay extra attention to their surroundings.

"That's all the more reason to be extra cautious," he said.

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