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Toddler Remains Hospitalized After Being Seriously Injured in Apple Valley Crash

Toddler Remains Hospitalized After Being Seriously Injured in Apple Valley Crash

APPLE VALLEY – A 2-year-old girl sustained major injuries following a traffic collision in the area of Bear Valley and Central roads on Friday evening.

At around 5:00 p.m. Apple Valley resident, Anthony Vizzini, said that his stepson, his girlfriend, and his granddaughter were inside a Dodge Neon on Bear Valley Road when they stopped at the intersection near Central Road. As they sat in their stopped vehicle with their toddler in her car seat they were struck by a vehicle traveling a high-rate of speed behind them. The child was trapped in the vehicle and required minor extrication in order to be removed from the vehicle.

The condition of the toddler was critical and unresponsive following the collision was first stabilized at a local hospital and subsequently airlifted to the Loma Linda University Medical Center for a more advanced level of treatment. “[My] stepson and girlfriend bruised and battered, my granddaughter is at Loma Linda Pediatric ICU,” said Vizzini.

The parents of the child, both 21-year-old Apple Valley residents, were bruised and suffered other minor to moderate injuries. The toddler who suffered head injuries required surgery and remains hospitalized in critical, but stable condition. “So far we’re being told that her being stable and not regressing is the best sign we can have,” added Vizzini. “She is not yet communicating and they are keeping her slightly sedated to keep her calm.”

Bear Valley Road was closed temporarily at the collision site and Central Road was closed at Bear Valley Road to be investigated and cleared. Injuries to the drivers in the other vehicles remain unknown, as does the exact cause of the collision, which remains under investigation. Information will be updated when available.

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