KING GEORGE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Four children were injured — three critically — after a driver ran a red light Sunday night.
Virginia State Police said the crash happened at the intersection of Route 301 and Dahlgren Road around 8:18 p.m.
64-year-old Michael Antunez was traveling eastbound on Dahlgren Road when he ran a red light, striking a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder traveling northbound on Route 301, VSP said. The impact of the crash caused the Nissan to flip several times.
The 24-year-old driver of the Nissan was wearing her seatbelt and suffered minor injuries. VSP said a 10-year-old passenger was wearing a seat belt and was transported for treatment of minor injuries.
“An 8-year-old, a 6-year-old, and an infant were not properly secured in child restraint devices,” VSP said.
The 8 and 6-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries and were airlifted to the hospital. The infant was taken by ambulance for treatment of serious injuries.
“A lot of times, you think people are going to stop,” said a woman named Ann, who often travels in the area.
Antunez, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not injured in the crash. The man was charged with failure to obey a traffic light.
VSP said additional charges may be pending.
“It just makes you wish you could have prevented something from happening,” said Michaela Hopkins, who resides near the crash site.
Hopkins said the incident “brings to light how quickly something can happen.”
Hopkins told 8News she plans to take even more precaution with her children after learning about the crash.
“You’re fearful,” she said. “Soon as you put them in the car seat, you’re fearful of what someone else might be doing. If they’re texting and driving or thinking of something else, just as soon as you hit the street.”
The crash remains under investigation.