Police arrested a man with a suspended license who allegedly ran over a mother and her young daughter in Salinas on Sunday afternoon. At about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, a woman and her 7-year-old daughter were in the crosswalk on northbound Madeira Avenue at East Alisal Street, police said. Catalino Mendez, 58, was driving south on Madeira Avenue and almost turned onto East Alisal Street, according to police.
The woman told officers that she continued to cross the street because Mendez saw them and gave them the right of way, police said. Mendez continued to complete the turn because he thought the pair were going to stop, according to police. He knocked the woman to the ground and ran over the girl’s pelvis area at speeds of about 10 mph, police said.
The woman was transported for minor injuries and the girl was transported for serious injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, according to police. Mendez was booked into Monterey County Jail on suspicion of driving with a suspended license, not having insurance and a warrant for driving with a suspended license, police said.
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