Wrong-way driver, 2-year-old boy killed in head-on collision on SE Side

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Nov. 27, 2020Updated: Nov. 27, 2020 10:24 p.m.

The wrong-driver of an SUV and a 2-year-old passenger in a sedan were killed in a head-on collision in the Southeast Side on Friday night, San Antonio police said.

Officer Alisia Pruneda, a San Antonio police spokeswoman, said they received a report before 6:30 p.m. about a woman in her 30s driving a silver SUV in the 3700 block of East Southcross Boulevard eastbound in the westbound lanes.

Multiple vehicles had veered out of the SUV’s way, Pruneda said, until it hit a sedan carrying a 48-year-old woman and her 2-year-old son, who was sitting in the back seat.

The toddler was not in a car seat but was wearing a seat belt, Pruneda said.

“At that age, it’s so critical,” Pruneda said. “Children of that age need to be in a car seat restrained properly by the seat belt in the car. That wasn’t the case for this child.”

The driver of the wrong-way vehicle and the 2-year-old died from their injuries. The boy’s mother was transported to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, Pruneda said.

Officers suspect alcohol might have been a factor in the crash but are awaiting toxicology reports.

Around 8:30 p.m., officers were still cleaning up the scene, loading what was left of the cars onto a tow truck.