Child uninjured after being thrown from car

A child emerged unscathed after being ejected out of a car window during a collision on Sunday — but some of the adult passengers were not so lucky.

The 23-month old girl was thrown from the Honda sedan that was being driven south on Highway 35 by Jose Luis Gonzalez-Medina, 31, of Hood River. According to reports, Medina crossed the centerline of the roadway and was struck by a northbound pickup driven by Edwin Norman, 37, of Sweet Home.

Medina’s female passenger, Irma Rodriguez, and Norman’s wife, Jennifer, were both transported by ambulance to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital for treatment of back injuries. Norman and his passenger, Larry Moore, also later complained of back problems and sought medical care.

Medina and his two young passengers, including an eight-year-old girl, sustained only minor abrasions and contusions in the wreck. Media was later cited for driving without insurance.

Hood River District Attorney John Sewell said it is unclear what caused Medina’s vehicle to leave its lane of travel, although alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor.

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