He said both are expected to survive their injuries.
According to a report filed by Patrolman Luis De Los Santos, the accident happened at about 6:47 p.m. in the 1200 block of West Corpus Christi Street, about 24 feet from the intersection with West Minnesota Street.
The officer said a 2002 Kia Spectra was pulling out of a private driveway at that location when it was struck by a west-bound 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup driven by 39-year-old Alfredo Cortez of Houston.
De Los Santos reported that the driver of the Kia, 24-year-old Diana Jimenez of 1205 N. Hugo St., failed to yield right of way to the pickup in the roadway.
The pickup struck the Kia in the left side passenger door and 5-year-old Tashawn Turner was thrown from the vehicle and onto the pavement.
According to the officer’s report, the boy was not in a child seat or buckled into the vehicle. He had been sitting in the second seat on the right side of the vehicle.
He was taken by Angel Care Ambulance Service to Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi. The extent of his injuries was unknown at the time.
The driver of the Kia and 4-year-old Hailey Turner were both flown by HALO-Flight helicopter to hospitals in Corpus Christi.
The report indicated that Hailey Turner also was riding unrestrained in the cargo area of the vehicle at the time of the collision.
The child was taken to Driscoll Children’s Hospital and the woman was taken to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital.
The extent of the injuries of those two people also was not known at the time they were flown from to Corpus Christi.
According to De Los Santos’ report, the owner of the Kia, 27-year-old Robert Turner, who had been riding in the right front seat, fled the scene after the accident.
The report indicated that none of the six people in the pickup truck suffered injuries. All, including a 39-year-old man, a 32-year-old woman and three children, ages 1, 4 and 8, all were properly belted in or were in child seats.
De Los Santos reported that the driver of the Kia would receive summonses on charges of failure to yield right of way, driving without a license and having two unrestrained children in the vehicle.
“They were lucky,” Jefferson said of the two children in the Kia.