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Police: 4 children hurt in crash after driver ran a red light

Posted at 9:00 AM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 09:02:35-04

KING GEORGE COUNTY, Va. — Four children suffered injuries that ranged from minor to life threatening in a Sunday night crash on Route 301 in King George County, according to Virginia State Police.

“The trooper’s preliminary investigation reveals that a 2019 Dodge Ram pickup, driven by, Michael Antunez, 64, of King William, Virginia, was traveling eastbound on Dahlgren Road and preceded through a red light striking a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder traveling northbound on Route 301. Antunez struck the Nissan on driver’s side causing the vehicle to flip several times,” a Virginia State Police spokesperson said. “A 24-year-old female driver of the Nissan was wearing her seat belt and was transported for minor injuries. A 10-year-old passenger was wearing a seat belt and was transported for treatment of minor injuries. An eight-year-old, a six-year-old, and an infant, were not properly secured in child restraint devices.”

The eight and six-year-old children were flown to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The infant was driven to the hospital with serious injuries.

Antunez, who was wearing his seat belt and not injured, was charged with failure to obey a traffic light. Additional charges may be pending, police added.

The crash, which was reported at about 8:18 p.m. at the intersection of Route 301 and Dahlgren Road, remains under investigation.

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