Driver crashes truck, abandons 2-year-old who falls from backseat onto head

Authorities lift the Toyota Tundra out from the embankment where it crashed Sunday night.

Authorities lift the Toyota Tundra from the embankment where it crashed Sunday night. (KSWB)


San Diego authorities are searching for the driver of a truck who crashed and abandoned a severely  injured 2-year-old who had been a passenger in the vehicle.

The child was in critical condition at a nearby hospital, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Police say the driver and his female passenger took off after the crash in San Diego.

Witnesses said the driver was a Hispanic man in his 30s, wearing a white T-shirt, black shorts and sandals.

One witness said there was also a female passenger who fled.

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Firefighters Battle Flames, Terrain, North of L.A.

The Grand fire burns into the Los Padres National Forest near Gorman, Calif., where the blaze charred more than 3,000 acres of wild lands on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.  AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Luis Sinco

FRAZIER PARK, Calif. — Firefighters had to battle terrain as much as flames as they worked to surround a wildfire entering its third day in harsh hills and mountains north of Los Angeles.

Temperatures dipped Thursday and were expected to remain cool on Friday, but winds upwards of 20 mph continued to swirl, and much of the blaze that has blackened some 3,800 acres was in rocky, rugged, difficult-to-reach places, making containment a challenge.

After a heavy aerial effort Thursday, the fire was 25 percent contained by nightfall.

The fire broke out near Interstate 5 when temperatures were in the 80s, and though they’ve dropped to the 60s, winds were still a problem.

“It’s definitely gusty, but we’re lucky, the winds are blowing away from homes,” Kern County Fire Department spokesman Corey Wilford said. “It would be better if we didn’t have winds at all though.”

Lower temperatures are expected to persist into the weekend.

The fire has spread to three counties, Los Angeles, Kern and Ventura, but burned in mostly populated areas and threatened no homes or buildings.

A Kern County high school was closed as a precaution.

The fire started early Wednesday afternoon for reasons that remain under investigation. It initially burned thick brush, seasonal grasses and sage, but then moved into the trees.

The cooler weather helped firefighters overnight clear brush and create breaks in hopes of slowing the blaze. Efforts on Thursday were focused on the southern edge of the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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California couple abandons new $220,000 Lamborghini after crash


Police inspect the damage to a banged up 2008 Lamborghini on the side of La Jolla Village Drive.

Published March 19, 2013

Police searched Tuesday for the owner of a luxury Italian sports car that crashed along a La Jolla roadside and was abandoned by its two occupants, reportedly only hours after it was bought for around a quarter- million dollars, Fox 5 San Diego reported. 

Officers found the 2008 Lamborghini on the side of La Jolla Village Drive near La Jolla Scenic Drive North about 11:45 p.m. Monday, according to San Diego police.

Officers told news photographer Paul Anderegg that they found paperwork in the car showing it was purchased for almost $220,000 just hours before the crash, the station reported. Police said they were staking out an address listed on the paperwork in hopes of finding the driver

Witnesses reported seeing the car speeding on Interstate 5 before it flew off the La Jolla Village Drive exit and crashed, police said, adding that witnesses also saw a man and a woman exit the car.