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Boy Ejected from SUV, Lands Softly with Barely a Scratch

The accident happened on a freeway, but the 4-year-old lands on ice plant.

A 4-year-old boy was ejected in an accident on the I-5 Wednesday but landed safely on some ice plant. Patch photo credit Martin Henderson.
A 4-year-old boy was ejected in an accident on the I-5 Wednesday but landed safely on some ice plant. Patch photo credit Martin Henderson.

A 4-year-old boy tossed out of a car seat and through a window during an SUV crash on the Santa Ana (I5) Freeway survived the ordeal virtually unscathed, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said today.

The boy made a soft landing in some ice plants about 20 feet away after the vehicle hit a wall on the shoulder of the southbound 5, near Magnolia Street, about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, CHP Officer George Salas told the Orange County Register.

“How he didn't hit the concrete is beyond me,” Salas said. “He should buy a lottery ticket.”

The boy was taken to a hospital as a precaution, Salas said. The boy's parents were uninjured.

--City News Service

none of your business February 13, 2014 at 02:48 PM
Was he strapped in or just sitting free style?
GreenInOC February 13, 2014 at 04:24 PM
@none of your business you win for best screen name, love it! I know there are the odd times when people think their kids are strapped in but they aren't but regardless, such a relief to read a happy ending!
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 13, 2014 at 05:12 PM
Just for you none, I asked. Here's what CHP Officer Stacy Willits told me: According to the statement the parents made at the scene, they related their son was strapped into his full size child seat. As soon as the driver struck the concrete wall the right side windows exploded and immediately the four year old was ejected out of the third row window and onto the ice plant. We are still investigating the specifics of the collision and yes especially with the car seat.
Carol Hatch PazMoto February 16, 2014 at 03:43 PM
Parents versions of being "strapped in " and the proper version of buckled in are usually very different. I don't know how many times I find my infant patient improperly strapped in ie: pillows and blankets under the child, no buckles exists, buckles last adjusted for the ride home from the hospital and no longer fit. But the parents will 100% vouch they were properly buckled in JUST before I saw them. Out of concern and proper parent teaching I have them recreate the proper buckling of their precious child and make corrections. What the parents don't realize is that the trip to the emergency room for a fever could turn into a devastating trip to the trauma center in the back of an ambulance, or worse.

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