ANTIOCH, Calif. (KGO) — Three 12-year-old children remain in hospital after being hit by a speeding car as they were returning from school on Friday.
It happened at the intersection of Sycamore Drive and Manzinta Way in a residential area of Antioch.
The family say that if the son with the most serious injuries is able to survive, he will likely be paralyzed from the neck down and will need a ventilator for the rest of his life. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help the family cover medical costs.
Antioch police say the driver of a speeding Chevrolet Impala crashed into a Mercury Mystique that was waiting to turn left onto Manzinita.
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Witnesses say that after being hit, the Mystique was pushed into the intersection, as the high-speed Impala hit the three children and ended up in a yard.
“From our house at the back, we could hear the father crying over his babies. It was really heartbreaking,” said a young woman who did not want to be identified. She says she and her husband were among the first on the scene to try to help.
“We saw the eldest son, I believe. He had head injuries. He was lodged in the bushes,” she explains.
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Before emergency crews could arrive, she says neighbors tried to help get the second boy out.
“Between the car and the bushes they were trying to help him from below. (Someone) was able to help him out. By the time the police arrived they were trying to resuscitate him,” she said.
When the parents arrived at the scene a few minutes later, they asked about their missing daughter. The way the girl was hit, she was thrown into some bushes at the side of the house. The only evidence of her was when her shoe was spotted.
“(My husband) saw a shoe in the bush and he asked who it was. And that’s when they identified that the girl was lodged next to the bushes,” she said.
The family declined interviews, but an aunt told ABC7 News they were a close-knit family, who always spent birthdays and holidays together.
A small makeshift memorial of balloons and posters marks the intersection. Some families who live in the area are already talking about asking the city of Antioch to do more to help control speeding.
“I think it’s such a shame that they’re minding their own business. And this unfortunate situation happened. I really pray for them,” she says.
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