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Dad, 2 Kids Survive Rollover on 101 in Marinwood

All three taken to Novato Community Hospital with minor injuries, according to Novato Fire District.

The California Highway Patrol is crediting the use of child safety seats for saving the lives of two young kids during a crash on Highway 101 in San Rafael.

A father and the kids suffered minor injuries Tuesday afternoon when an SUV went off the road on northbound 101 and went down an embankment about 150 feet, the CHP said.

Although visibly shaken, both kids — boys aged 4 years and 16 months — appeared to be free of major injuries because they had been properly restrained in correctly installed child safety seats inside the 2003 Nissan Pathfinder, CHP officer Andrew Barclay said.

“This collision demonstrates the importance of not only having the proper child seat installed in your vehicle, but having it installed correctly," Barclay said in a release. "Two young lives were saved by these seats, which are designed to protect children in situations like this. If you are installing a child seat or booster seat and you believe it is 'good enough,' it probably isn’t."

At 3:49 p.m. Tuesday, personnel from the Novato Fire District received a call about a crash on northbound 101 just north of the Marinwood exit and just south of the Novato city limits, said Division Chief Mark Heine. When the firefighters got there, CHP officers had already removed the children from car seats inside the vehicle, which had slid about 100 feet down an embankment, Heine said.

The kids' father, 37-year-old Robert Foster, was still in the SUV. He was removed and carried up the steep hillside using a rope rescue system, Heine said.

All three were taken to Novato Community Hospital by paramedics.

Heine said it appeared the SUV swerved off the right shoulder of the highway, through some heavy brush and rolled down the embankment. The vehicle ended up on its roof.

The CHP is investigating the crash.

Barclay said agencies throughout Marin County have certified car seat installation technicians who can assist free of charge. Call the Marin CHP Office in Corte Madera at 415-924-1100 to set up a time to meet with a technician.

David Randolph February 22, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Clear and sunny, car veers off road for no apparent reason. Some people can't drive a nail.
Brent Ainsworth February 22, 2013 at 10:31 PM
And sometimes drivers have medical episodes behind the wheel. And sometimes a small child has a medical episode while in a safety seat that distracts the driver. And sometimes a deer runs across the road. And sometimes ... sometimes the driver is not to blame at all. We don't know, so it's really best not to speculate or point to a lack of driving talent.
Kristi Lankford February 24, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Thank you, Brent. I couldn't agree more.
Beck Hornick February 24, 2013 at 10:58 PM
You do not know the details here. God I hate this kind of finger pointing judgement, The Church Lady lives in on in many people.
Beck Hornick February 24, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Thank you, and why not talk about what this father did right? Like installing the child safety seats in correctly when a majority of parents cannot do so. He very well may have saved his children's lives.

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