A Fresno Police officer and his family were involved in a major traffic collision Sunday morning while on their way to church.
The cause of the accident, California Highway Patrol spokesperson Victor Taylor says, was a driver running a red light at Bethel Avenue and Highway 180 in the city of Sanger.
At around 9:45 a.m., Taylor says the family had the green light to turn left onto Highway 180 from Bethel Avenue when the driver ran a red light and collided into the driver’s side of the family’s car.
The officer was identified as Eloy Escareno. He was off-duty during the time of the collision.
Escareno seems to be OK as he got out of surgery Sunday afternoon, but still has major injuries, Taylor says.
However, the concern for Escareno’s wife remains high, he added.
At around 7 p.m., Fresno Police Department Chief Jerry Dyer said Eloy is in stable condition. He says he suffered several fractured ribs and damage to his spleen.
Eloy’s wife, Maribel, suffered a significant head injury causing swelling to her brain, but Dyer says she is in stable condition as well. He added, her condition is “much better” than when she first arrived to the hospital.
The children sustained minor injuries, and went to the hospital for treatment.
Taylor says the driver of the vehicle that ran the red light has minor injuries.
It is unclear if drugs and/or alcohol were involved, Taylor says.
Eloy is a 22-year veteran of the force and Maribel only recently left her job as a dispatcher.