A 74-year-old man suffered head injuries when the black BMW he was driving collided with another vehicle and crashed into a tree at Montana Avenue and Euclid Street in Santa Monica Wednesday morning March 28th, police and fire officials said.
The driver of the BMW was taken to a local hospital, where he was initially listed in intensive care, Santa Monica police Lt. Alex Padilla said.
The woman who was driving the other vehicle, a 2002 Toyota 4-Runner, complained of some pain but was not taken to a hospital, Padilla said.
The accident occurred at about 6:30 a.m., when the driver of the BMW, traveling northbound on Euclid Street, allegedly ran through a stop sign, collided with the 4-Runner traveling eastbound on Montana Avenue and then struck a tree head-on, Padilla said.
Police were called to the scene, as well as Santa Monica Fire Department units, paramedics and a fire truck company, which used the ìJaws of Lifeî to free the driver from the BMW.
Police and community service officers assisted with traffic control at the scene, Santa Monica Fire Department Captain Scott Ziegert said.
The driver of the 4-Runner was interviewed at the scene and released pending further investigation.
The cause of the accident was under investigation.