WATSONVILLE >> Two cars and a truck crashed into a Watsonville pi#xf1;ata store Wednesday afternoon, injuring four children and three adults. The children and one adult were transported to Bay Area trauma centers with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to Watsonville Police Department.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested and charged with driving without a license and reckless driving, causing injuries, Sgt. Mish Radich said. The driver was booked into Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall. Alcohol and drugs are not considered factors.
The vehicles careened into Marquez Bros. Pi#xf1;atas on the 1200 block of Freedom Boulevard shortly after 1:30 p.m. The business was open and occupied at the time of the incident, Radich said. The wreck closed the road more than two hours and left the building with structural damage. City officials red-tagged the business, marking it unfit for use.
There were three vehicles and seven people hurt in the wreck overall and speed is believed to be a factor, Radich said. Two other adults had injuries that were treated at the scene, Radich said.
Fire departments from Watsonville, Pajaro Valley and North Monterey County responded. Emergency medical services from Santa Cruz County and Monterey County American Medical Response also assisted. CalStar, LifeFlight and Reach Air Medical Services flew the injured children to trauma centers.
Watsonville police ask anyone with information to call investigations at 831-768-3350, leave an anonymous tip at 831-728-3544 or text WATSPD to 888777.
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