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Chain-Reaction Crash Injures 7

June 20, 1998|STEVE CARNEY

Seven people were hurt, though none seriously, when a chain-reaction crash sent a pickup truck into a group of people at a crosswalk Friday morning, Newport Beach police said.

A 46-year-old Newport Beach man was heading south on MacArthur Boulevard in his Dodge pickup about 9 a.m. when he stopped to wait for pedestrians in the crosswalk, Police Investigator Howard Eisenberg said.

But a 32-year-old Garden Grove man behind him in a Honda Accord failed to stop and slammed into the back of the truck, police said. The impact pushed the truck into the intersection, where it hit three Costa Mesa residents: Marina Pineda, 34, Israel Pineda, 29, and Lourdes Guardarrama, an adult of unknown age.

The three victims were taken to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian for treatment of minor injuries, mainly scrapes and bruises. The hospital also treated the four passengers in the Honda: Robert Martinez, 63, Guadalupe Martinez, 59, and a 9-year-old boy, all of Moreno Valley, and a 4-year-old Garden Grove boy, he said.

One of the women struck in the crosswalk is pregnant, but the crash did not harm her fetus, Eisenberg said.

The crash remains under investigation, though it appeared that neither alcohol nor drugs were involved, Eisenberg said.

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