FREMONT -- A 3-year-old Milpitas boy was killed and two adults believed to be his parents were seriously injured in a horrific car crash Tuesday afternoon along Paseo Padre Parkway, police said.
The female passenger was in critical condition Tuesday night and the man driving was seriously injured when he was ejected from the car, police said. The name of the child was not available Tuesday night.
Police believe the three were headed to a nearby water park in their maroon, four-door 2009 Honda and were speeding north in the 41400 block of Paseo Padre Parkway around 12:50 p.m. when the car veered off the road, according to Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.
The car struck a tree -- violently enough to strip bark from the tree's trunk and shear off most of the rear of the vehicle -- before coming to rest on a curb in front of a home, Bosques said. The rear half of the car flew about 20 yards away from the rest of the vehicle, flinging the car seat into a chain-link fence with the child still strapped inside.
"It was horrific," said Grant Gallegos, who lives about a block from the scene of the crash. "I heard a bang from inside my house and I ran out ... I saw a man, laying on the ground about two houses away (from where the crash took place)."
Gallegos ran to the man, who asked him, "Is my son all right? Isn't he in his car seat?"
The woman, believed to be in her 30s, was trapped in the car. It took fire crews about 10 minutes to free her.
The driver suffered serious injuries but was conscious when police arrived and told officers, as he sat on a curb, that "I lost control," Bosques said.
Both adults were taken to San Jose Regional Medical Center, Bosques said. Police at the scene said they believed the adults are the child's parents, but they were still working to confirm that.
Investigators were still trying to determine what caused the crash and were trying to figure out how fast the vehicle was traveling, Bosques said. The street has a speed limit of 35 mph; skid marks of about 150 feet led to the vehicle's resting place in front of the curb.
After the man asked about his son, others at the scene began searching the area, Gallegos said. They found the child, still strapped into the seat, under the construction fence in front of the home.
Police shut down both directions of Paseo Padre Parkway between Driscoll Road and Chadbourne Drive. Significant traffic delays were expected, and the roadway was likely to be closed for the investigation until about 9 p.m., Bosques said.
Staff writer Kristin J. Bender contributed to this story. Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.