A 5-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy were among four people injured this morning when police say they suspect a motorist ran a red light on Sixth Street and hit the car they were riding in.
The girl was taken by helicopter to UC Davis Medical Center with what police described as serious injuries. The boy went to a Modesto hospital with moderate injuries, said police Sgt. Craig Gundlach. He said neither child was restrained by a safety seat. Their names were not released.
The driver, Beatriz Jimenez, 20, and her passenger, Juana Jimenez, 32, were also hurt but did not have life-threatening injuries, Gundlach said. Juana Jimenez is the mother of the injured children and Beatriz Jimenez is their aunt. All are from Modesto.
Police are trying to determine whether Rupindar Tamana, 23, of Turlock ran a red light in her silver, compact Mercedes sport utility vehicle while heading north on Sixth Street about 8:50 a.m. Jimenez’s black, four-door Toyota sedan was heading east on I Street when the crash occurred.
Gundlach said the accident did not appear to involve drugs or alcohol.
Traffic was diverted around the scene until nearly 11 a.m., when all lanes on both streets were reopened.
Earlier reports today incorrectly listed the boy's age as 3.