Child airlifted after being struck by vehicle

Copter 16 made a landing at Valencia Heritage Park to airlift a child following a traffic collision Saturday afternoon. Ryan Mancini/The Signal

A 3-year-old child was airlifted from Valencia Heritage Park after being struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of the Bridgeport Marketplace on Saturday afternoon.

The collision occurred just before noon on the 24000 block of Newhall Ranch Road near the intersection with McBean Parkway. 

Preliminary investigation found that the driver was driving through the parking lot at a slow rate of speed while the child’s parents were loading groceries into their parked car, said Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. 

The child wandered into the path of a vehicle where he was then struck, according to Miller. 

“The driver stopped immediately and was cooperative with deputies,” Miller said. “(The child) was airlifted just as a precaution due to his age.” 

Fire Helicopter 16 then transported the child to the hospital, according to Supervisor Melanie Flores with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. 

“We received an update that the child is doing OK and suffered abrasions,” Miller added.

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