A woman who crashed her car near Redwood City while driving four underage passengers this morning is facing child endangerment charges, according to a California Highway Patrol officer. Mirna Lopez, 25, of Redwood City, was heading east on First Avenue around 8 a.m. when she lost control of her 1998 Chevrolet S-10 near Williams Avenue in North Fair Oaks, according to CHP Officer Art Montiel. She drifted toward the right where she hit a parked silver Dodge truck.
The Chevrolet overturned and emergency personnel had to help Lopez, a 17-year-old Redwood City boy seated in the front and three children – two boys and a baby girl – out of the vehicle. Lopez and the teenager suffered cuts to their arms and were transported to Stanford Hospital, Montiel said. The three children, ages 1, 5 and 6, were also taken to the hospital for evaluation but did not appear injured.
According to the CHP, only Lopez was wearing a seat belt. The CHP is mulling whether to file charges against Lopez for allowing minors to ride unrestrained in a vehicle, along with driving while unlicensed and for child endangerment. It does not appear drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.
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