SAN DIEGO – Firefighters rescued a driver who was trapped inside her SUV for more than 30 minutes after it was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Chula Vista Thursday night.
The collision occurred at around 10:30 p.m. at the Main Street off-ramp from Interstate 5. The victim’s husband told 10News his wife had just exited northbound I-5 and was going through an intersection when another car allegedly ran a red light and smashed into her SUV, sending it flipping onto its side.
The suspect vehicle then fled the scene. The woman called her husband, who in turn called 911.
"My wife, she called me, there's been an accident, a very bad accident, and somebody crossed the stop, with red, and no lights in the car," Sergio Morales told 10News.
It took responding San Diego Fire-Rescue crews more than 30 minutes to free the woman. They had to saw through the roof and tear away the windshield with an ax. She was transported by ambulance to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest with injuries believed to be non-life threatening.
According to Morales, the suspect’s license plate fell off at the scene as he drove away. Chula Vista police are investigating.