A pregnant Lodi woman and her two children were hospitalized Tuesday evening after they were struck by a car in an East Lockeford Street crosswalk, police said.
All three suffered injuries that paramedics and firefighters at the scene did not initially believe were life-threatening.
The 6:32 p.m. crash closed both lanes of the busy road and brought some 150 onlookers to the scene. Many live in the neighborhood south of Lockeford Street, and many others were attending a regular church service held for the homeless at adjacent Lawrence Park.
The male driver of a tan Lexus sedan was driving west when he struck the southbound pedestrians at the Calaveras Street intersection, said Lodi Police Sgt. Dale Miller.
The glare of the setting sun was likely a factor, Miller said. Speed did not seem to be involved, based on skid marks and the brief amount of time it took the driver to stop, Lt. Steve Carillo said. Drugs and alcohol were not suspected, Carillo said, and the driver voluntarily gave investigators a blood sample.
The adult victim, who was eight months pregnant, was conscious at the scene as paramedics loaded her onto a stretcher. Her son and daughter were tended to at the scene, then taken to hospitals. A medical helicopter, called mainly because children and a pregnant woman were involved, landed in the Grape Festival Grounds parking lot across the street.
No names or ages were immediately available Tuesday evening. Members of the police department's Major Accident Investigation Team are still investigating the collision.
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