CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA - Two boys crossing the street were innocent bystanders of a two-car crash Friday morning.
"I was screaming the boy got hit, the boy got hit call 911, I grabbed my phone but my hands were shaking so bad,"said Elane Romarate, a witness. Every morning Romarate and other neighbors saw the two boys walk to school with their mother.
The crash happened just after 8 a.m. at the intersection of Greenback Lane and Mariposa Avenue when a Chrysler 300 going westbound hit a Chevrolet Suburban that was traveling southbound, Citrus Heights police Officer Chad Morris said.
Because of the crash, the driver of the Chrysler 300, Tresa Bales-Sterba, 52, lost control of the car and hit the two brothers that were crossing the street, Morris said.
The boys, ages 6 and 8, attend Skycrest Elementary School, which is about half-a-mile from the crash scene. They both suffered major injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. One of the boys was later life-flighted to another hospital for specialized care.
Witnesses said the boys are brothers and were just a few steps ahead of their mother, who was walking with their sister, when they were hit by the car.
"I texted my wife and she's devastated, she sees these kids walking to and from school with ther Mom,"said Daniel Sherburn, a neighbor. Sherburn is a former EMT. He ran over to assist a nurse who was first on scene. Theytried to keep the boys calm until paramedics arrived.
"The one child he was in the middle of the street, he was conscious, he was crying, he was trying to move and we were trying to keep him from moving,"said Sherburn.
Morris said Bales-Sterba failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. She was booked into Sacramento County Jail for felony DUI.
Traffic in both directions of Greenback Lane was blocked between San Juan Avenue and Birdcage Street until4 p.m.