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Six-year-old boy dies after car crash in Kensington

First responders found a vehicle on its side resting on a fire hydrant with the child trapped inside, the SDFD said.

SAN DIEGO — A child was rescued from a vehicle and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead after a two-car wreck in Kensington on Wednesday morning.

According to SDPD, just before 8 a.m. a 45-year-old man was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee southbound on 4700 Biona Drive with his 6-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter in the rear seats. Both children were in safety seats. As their vehicle was crossing the intersection with Adams Avenue, they were struck by a Hyundai Sonata that was traveling eastbound on Adams Avenue. The collision caused the Jeep to overturn.

The San Diego Fire Department responded to the intersection of Adams Avenue and Biona Drive after receiving a call about a crash. First responders found a vehicle on its side resting on a fire hydrant, the SDFD said.

The boy suffered serious injuries. He was transported to Children's Hospital and despite the best efforts of medical personnel, he did not survive his injuries. 

"I've never felt anything this close to home before," said Kristen Campbell, a family friend.

Campbell says she saw the crash scene as she drover her kids to school. Hours later she was devastated to learn who was involved. 

"We have known this family since my daughter and their daughter were two years old," she said.

Kensington resident Marta Moreno walked by the growing memorial. She's lived in the neighborhood for 58 years.

"It's sad like I said I've lived here all my life and have never seen anything like this happen before," she said.

The adult driver of the Jeep and the 8-year-old girl were not injured. The 20-year-old driver in the Hyundai suffered minor injuries.

"This was a very freak accident. This could have happened to any of us. They were doing their day-to-day just going to school like the rest of us. I know for me I'll hold my kids a little bit tighter tonight," Campbell said.

Police are looking into several factors that could have caused the crash such as the speed of the cars or if distracted driving played a role. They said this is a very technical investigation that requires evidence collection and actual calculations to figure out exactly what vehicles were doing at the time of the collision.

Drugs and/or alcohol were not considered a factor in the collision.

The San Diego Police Department is investigating the crash. Anyone with information is asked to call the San Diego Police Department at 619-531-2000, or the anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line at 888-580-8477. 

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