A 2-year-old boy and two volunteer Lodi Police Partners were hospitalized Monday after a crash that closed southbound Hutchins Street for a time.
The 10:04 a.m. collision remains under investigation, but it appeared that the Partners began to turn onto Wimbledon Drive, in front of a southbound Mazda 6 sedan, according to police. Both vehicles spun and came to rest at the intersection.
The boy was not properly restrained in his car seat, Detective Hettie Schaeffer said. He suffered an abrasion to the head and was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital by ambulance.
The boy's 21-year-old mother, who was not wearing a seat belt while she drove, was also taken to the hospital, Schaeffer said. The woman did not have serious injuries and was subsequently released.
Both volunteer Partners, a married couple, were also taken to the same hospital, said Cpl. J.D. Moore. The man was released while his wife was transported to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento for further observation.
All southbound traffic was closed at Century Boulevard for about two hours while police investigated the collision. Tow trucks were required for both the Mazda and the Partners' white minivan.
Partners are retired citizens who drive city vehicles but donate their time and buy their own uniforms. They help direct traffic — as others did at Monday's crash — monitor vacant homes and abandoned vehicles and pick up and drop off property, among other duties.
The couple involved in Monday's crash volunteer many hours for the department, Moore said. They'd just moved a radar trailer, which notifies drivers of their speed, but he didn't know where the Partners were heading next.