Midsi Sanchez, the Vallejo girl who escaped after she was kidnapped in 2000 by pedophile Curtis Dean Anderson, was seriously injured in a rollover crash in Vallejo early this morning. She suffered major injuries and was taken to the John Muir Medical
Center, police said. Vallejo police said Sanchez, 16, was sitting in the right front seat of a four-door 2006 Toyota Tundra that was speeding down Columbus Parkway. The driver, a 21-year-old Vallejo woman, lost control of the truck, crossed the center median and struck a streetlight shortly after 2 a.m., police said. The truck left the road, overturned at least once and Sanchez was ejected from the vehicle, according to police. The driver is suspected of being under the influence, Officer Michael Nichelini said. Her name has not been released. She was still trapped in the back seat of the pickup when the Vallejo Fire Department arrived and was extricated in 18 minutes, fire department spokesman William Tweedy said. Tweedy said firefighters cut off the top of the pickup and removed two doors to get her out of the truck. Lt. Lee Horton said the driver suffered major injuries and is hospitalized. Two 21-year-old Vallejo women who were sitting in the rear seats of the truck suffered minor injuries, Horton said. The accident happened in the 600 block of Columbus Parkway near the Blue Rock Springs Golf Course, Tweedy said. Sanchez gained national attention when she was kidnapped in Vallejo on August 10, 2000 by Curtis Dean Anderson as she walked home from school. Anderson held her captive in his 1984 Oldsmobile Firenza for nearly two days before Sanchez managed to unlock a chain that bound her inside the vehicle. She ran to Carl Tafua, a driver for Viking Freight Systems, who was sitting nearby in his truck on Laurelwood Avenue in Santa Clara. Anderson was sentenced to more than 300 years in prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting Sanchez and for murdering Xiana Fairchild, another Vallejo girl. He died in prison at age 46 in November 2007.
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