5-year-old killed in South Academy crash after SUV runs light
A 5-year-old was killed Wednesday night after law enforcement say the SUV he was riding in ran a red light and caused a three-vehicle crash.
The crash was reported just before 7 p.m. on South Academy where it merges with the interstate. The roadway was shut down for several hours while police investigated the crash.
According to Fountain police, the SUV was heading westbound on South Academy just as a pickup truck was merging onto the roadway from southbound I-25. The pickup crashed into the SUV, causing it to spin into a sign and then ricochet into the eastbound lanes, where it hit another vehicle. The 5-year-old boy, a 3-year-old girl, and a woman in the passenger seat were all thrown from the SUV. The little boy died at the scene.
Police say the two children were not in car seats at the time of the crash, and the woman was not wearing a seat belt.
The woman and the surviving child, as well as a man in the SUV, were all rushed to the hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries. The people in the pickup were also hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injures. No injuries were reported to the people in the third vehicle.
Fountain police did not clarify if the man in the SUV was the driver.
Drugs are currently suspected in the crash. No one involved has been identified.