Crime

Car strikes stroller, injures twin girls

Three-year-old twin girls were injured late Monday after their baby stroller was struck by a car on Yosemite Parkway, near Laurel Avenue.

Merced police say the girls are expected to recover from the accident.

The incident was reported around 9:30 p.m. as the girls' mother was pushing the children across a crosswalk on Yosemite Parkway.

The driver of a 2000 Ford Taurus, 54-year-old Dwayne Davis of Merced, was traveling eastbound on Yosemite Park Way from Glen Avenue.

Davis told officers that he'd temporarily taken his eyes from the road, in order to switch stations on his radio, according to Sgt. Jay Struble.

The girls' mother saw the Taurus approaching, and stopped in the crosswalk to let the car pass. Davis, however, had drifted left, out of his lane. The car struck the stroller, ejecting both children into the street. Struble said.

Paramedics and police responded to the scene, and both children were flown to a hospital in the Sacramento area.

Struble said Davis had pulled over after the accident and was distraught.

The investigation into the incident is pending. Struble said drugs or alcohol aren't believed to be a factor in the accident, and Davis was not arrested.

Still, Davis may be charged with an infraction for allegedly failing to yield to a pedestrian and failing to maintain proper lane position.

For the second time in nearly three months a small child has been hurt while crossing the street in Merced. On March 11, 3-year-old Verzity Chang died after being hit by a car, while crossing West Olive and Austin avenues.

Chang had been walking northbound in the crosswalk with her mother.

Witnesses said the the girl broke free of her mother's grip and ran ahead of her. A driver didn't see the child and accidentally struck her.

Reporter Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsun-star.com.

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