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Man flees San Diego accident, leaving injured family in car

After a man crashed into a parked vehicle early Monday morning, injuring his wife and infant, he did something that very few husbands and fathers would do: he fled the scene of the crash, leaving his family in the car, injured and bleeding. Now, the man faces criminal charges for felony hit and run and DUI.

According to San Diego police reports, the auto accident occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. as the 28-year-old man was driving on Clairemont Drive with his wife, 9-month-old child, and another family member in the car. When he crashed into a parked van, he quickly exited the car and ran away from the scene of the accident on foot, leaving his family injured and trapped in the vehicle.

When emergency responders arrived on the scene, they had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the wife and infant from the car. All three were taken to a nearby hospital, and their current condition is not known. However, Sgt. Kevin Friedman of the San Diego Police Department believes that the infant avoided serious injury in the crash. "Fortunately, the child appears to not have suffered any significant injury in the collision," Sgt. Friedman told local media. "The child was in a carrier seat."

No one was in the van at the time of the accident, so there were no additional injuries.

Police reports indicate that the man was on parole, which may have been his motivation for fleeing the scene of the accident. However, he is now in more trouble with the law, facing felony hit and run and DUI charges, and an additional charge of driving with a suspended license.

Source: 10 News, "Man Flees Scene of Crash, Leaves Injured Wife, Baby in Car," Sept. 5, 2011

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