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Kids recovering from patrol car collision, mom says

Traffic: More than a week after a sheriff’s deputy rear-ended a Jeep, two children are reportedly in

Posted: May 17, 2010 10:20 p.m.
Updated: May 18, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Two Saugus children reportedly injured when a sheriff's patrol car ran into the back of their Jeep earlier this month are undergoing physical therapy, their mother said Monday.

"Thank God they're alive, thank God no bones were broken," Jessica Mantovani told The Signal more than a week after the collision.

"They're both in physical therapy," she said. "They need it."

Her daughter, Antonella, 11, and her 16-year-old son, Pierre, were passengers in the Jeep driven by their grandmother Lucrecia E. Mesinas, 62, on May 6 when the collision occurred.

Lt. Brenda Cambra of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Station told The Signal in an e-mail Monday that there is "no available follow up" to report on the collision.

Meanwhile, Mesinas on Monday said she had just returned from a visit to her doctor.

"I am not feeling too good," Mesinas said. "I have pain in my back, my legs and my arms.

"Crazy, crazy, crazy," she said with a sigh.

Mantovani's children were prescribed physical therapy by the family's doctor - back treatment for the daughter, who was reportedly a passenger in the Jeep's back seat, and knee treatment for the son, who was said to be in the front passenger seat.

"The doctor says it will just take time," Mantovani said.

Her grandmother suffers from pain along her left side from where she reportedly hit the car door on impact, Mantovani said.

Speaking at her Saugus home on Frisca Drive on Monday, Mantovani expressed gratitude that her mother and two children were recovering from their injuries.

On May 6, at about 3:15 p.m., the Jeep was southbound on McBean Parkway near the post office when it was rear-ended by a sheriff's patrol car. The Mesinas' vehicle was forced into a third vehicle with one adult and two children who were reportedly not injured.

Sgt. Dan Peacock of the sheriff's department identified the driver of the patrol car as Deputy Campbell.

At the time of the collision, Campbell - an eight-year veteran of the sheriff's department whose first name was not released - was on routine patrol and was slowing for a red light, Peacock said last week.

Her emergency lights were not in use, he added.


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