Boy Ejected in Granada Hills Traffic Collision

Monday, March 06, 2006 |

On Monday, March 6, 2006 at 3:39 PM, four Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, five LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one Helicopter, two EMS Battalion Captains and one Battalion Chief Officer Command Team under the direction of Battalion Chief Patrick Engel responded to a Multi-Patient Traffic Collision near 11459 Gothic Avenue in Granada Hills.

According to witnesses, a gray colored compact sedan collided with a dark blue full-sized sport utility vehicle, ejecting a seven year-old male from the sedan. The SUV continued on a brief distance to collide with and damage a street lamp on the southeast corner of Gothic Avenue and Rinaldi Street.

Firefighters arrived quickly during a period of light rain and systematically triaged each of the eight persons involved. Due to the ejected boy's severe head trauma an LAFD Air Ambulance was requested to standby at the heliport of nearby Providence Holy Cross Medical Center as the first-arriving ambulance rushed him to that facility.

With the LAFD Air Ambulance there and ready for a "hot-load" and rapid transport to the awaiting pediatric trauma staff at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Paramedics and Medical Control Physicians determined the child was not stable enough for the less than ten minute flight. He was then routed directly into the Emergency Department at Holy Cross in an attempt to stabilize his critical injuries.

One of the remaining seven patients, a thirteen year old male from the compact sedan was released to a relative who arrived at the scene. The remaining six patients, including five males from the SUV, some of whom were developmentally challenged, as well as the older adult female driver of the sedan, were promptly treated before transport to area hospitals, including Holy Cross, Mission Community and Olive View Medical Centers.

None of the adults transported had life-threatening injuries.

Contrary to speculative media reports, there were no pedestrians involved, nor were any of the patients airlifted by LAFD resources.

Officials from the Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division will be handling the investigation.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

When are people going to learn to use seat belts?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Though you'll often hear us harping loudly on the use safety belts, especially with children, the truth is that we (as a Fire Department) did not make any official determination as to the use, lack or possible failure of primary or supplemental safety and restraint systems in this particular incident.

Such is typically the realm of our law enforcement colleagues, in this case, members of the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division.

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department were deeply saddened to learn that despite their efforts, the young boy died last night at the hospital. May he rest in peace.


Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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