The crash occurred shortly before 2 a.m. on the off-ramp from State Route 78 near West San Marcos Boulevard.
The family van was stopped at a light when the deputy lost control of his car. He then crashed into the van carrying a family of five, including young children.
One child sustained minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital.
The deputy and a youth explorer on a ride along were also hospitalized with minor injuries.
Officials closed the roads for four hours to clean up the damage.
The incident is under investigation.
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