Video: Pregnant woman injured in car accident

11/05/2008 1:26 PM

11/06/2008 7:08 AM

A two-car pin-in collision on East Yosemite Avenue in Merced late Wednesday morning sent two people to the hospital, including a pregnant woman one week away from her due date.

Officer Craig McKeeman of the Merced Police Department said the collision happened in the 100 block of East Yosemite, when a white Honda driven by Tony Kou Moua, 19, of Winton, turned left going westbound out of the Raley's parking lot.

A blue Honda, driven by David Dupertuis, 23, of Merced was eastbound on Yosemite and was unable to avoid hitting the white car, hitting the driver's side of the Honda.

McKeeman said the people in the white Honda said they were all wearing their seatbelts. Chan Thao, 18, was in the back seat of Moua's car, and was uninjured. He said that all the occupants were wearing seatbelts, and that the woman, Sia Xiong, 18, is due to give birth next week.

A Jaws of Life was used to get Moua out of his car, and he and Xiong were taken to Mercy Medical Center Merced with unknown injuries.

Medi-Flight responded for the driver, but was called off just as the helicopter reached the accident scene.

A hospital spokesman said that both Xiong and Moua were treated for their injuries at the hospital and released late in the afternoon. The spokesman also said the baby was fine.

McKeeman said that Dupertuis was an unlicensed driver.

Reporter Carol Reiter can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or creiter@mercedsun-star.com.

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