Police say proper child safety seat saved toddler’s life in serious crash on Christmas Eve

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PASO ROBLES, CA – On Christmas eve, just after 11 AM Paso Robles Police Dispatch was notified regarding a vehicle collision that occurred on Highway 46 near Airport Road. Paso Robles Police Officers, Paso Robles Emergency Services, Cal Fire, California Highway Patrol, San Luis Ambulance, Cal Trans and Mercy Air responded to assist.

Highway 46 eastbound traffic was closed for approximately 1 hour.

In total three vehicles were involved when a Subaru, which was traveling west on Highway 46, crossed over the center median and collided with two vehicles traveling east on Highway 46. Each vehicle had two occupants and all six sustain minor to major injuries.

The driver of the Subaru had a suspended license and a warrant out of Kern County. PRPD is also investigating the driver for being under the influence at the time of the collision.


In another involved vehicle was a toddler. The toddler had very minor injuries as a result of using a proper child restraint system. PRPD would like to remind citizens to always buckle up and always use proper child restraints. This investigation is ongoing at this time.

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