A two-vehicle accident in Tustin left a 7-year-old boy in critical condition Wednesday, according to a news report in the Orange County Register.
The driver was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, the article stated.
The father of the injured boy, Patrick Fleury, and his other son aged 9, were also hospitalized for moderate injuries The accident occurred when a 2000 Chevrolet 1500 truck broadsided their Lincoln Town Car around 3:45 p.m. on 17th Street at the intersection of Holt Avenue in Tustin, traveling westbound, according to reports from the California Highway Patrol .
All three were transported to Western Medical Center-Santa Ana for treatment, the article said.
The driver of the truck, Brian Cherrett, 32, had tried to turn left from the eastbound lanes of 17th Street onto Holt, striking the left side of Fleury’s vehicle, CHP reports said. Cherrett, of Orange, is being held in Orange County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.
The collision is under investigation by the CHP. Any witnesses with information are asked to call the CHP Santa Ana area office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 714-567-6000.
About 40 percent of crash-related deaths in Orange County may be directly related to drunk driving, according to statistics provided by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. A number of lives have been lost and/or ruined as a result of drunk driving. It is irresponsible, immoral and reprehensible. We have represented numerous clients who have been victims of drunk driving.
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