PALMDALE – An 8-year-old girl had to be airlifted to the hospital Monday afternoon, after she was struck by a minivan as she dashed away from an ice cream truck, authorities said.
The collision happened around 3:26 p.m. Monday in the 3200 Block of East Avenue R-12 in Palmdale, according to Lt. Ken Wright of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
The girl purchased a treat from the ice cream truck and then darted around the truck and into the street, where she was hit by an oncoming vehicle, Wright stated.
The 42-year-old driver stopped to render assistance and asked others to call for help. The child was treated on scene by paramedics, and then an L.A. County Fire Department helicopter landed at Dry Town Water Park and airlifted the critically-injured girl to Children’s’ Hospital Los Angeles.
The latest information from the hospital was that the child had suffered multiple fractures and was in stable condition.
It was later determined that the driver of the vehicle was unlicensed, according to Wright. She was cited for that charge only and then released from the scene. There was no indication that the driver had been traveling at an excessive speed or that she was negligent in any other way, Wright stated.
Parents should go over traffic safety rules with their children, and drivers should exercise increased caution now that school is closed and more children will be out and about, advises Palmdale Station personnel.