Filipino Tourists Hurt in Pasadena Crash: 7-year-old boy still in critical condition

by Rene Villaroman/

PASADENA – A 7-year-old Filipino boy was critically injured and his father was seriously hurt when a Toyota Corolla jumped the curb and hit the victims while they were crossing Colorado Blvd. at Fair Oaks. The Toyota Corolla was subsequently involved in a collision with a Nissan Altima.The Filipino family had only arrived in the US hours before the tragedy. Old Town Pasadena was their first sightseeing destination.

“The child was in “full arrest when he was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital last night. The accident happened at 6:30 pm.Pasadena Fire Department Spokeswoman Lisa Derderian announced.

Jose de la Rosa, 30, father of the boy, suffered major injuries. They were all rushed to Huntington Memorial Hospital.

Asian Journal contacted Huntington Memorial on Friday, and spokeswoman Andrea Stradling said that the boy is in critical condition.

“The father is seriously injured and the mother is fine,” Stradling added. “For privacy reasons, we can’t release any more information,” she said. “The family and the relatives of the victims do not wish to speak with the media. But if there is a further need to release more information, we will call a press conference.”

Pasadena Police Department Spokeswoman Janet Pope-Givens told Asian Journal that Fire, Police and Traffic personnel were at the scene of the accident in one minute.

“This is a tragic accident, and the department is conducting an intensive investigation,” Pope-Givens said.

As of press time, no charges have been lodged against the driver of the vehicle.

“The result of the investigation will be forwarded to the District Attorney and the Prosecutor’s Office by the Pasadena Police Department, which is headed by Chistopher Vicino,” Pope-Givens said.


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