A drunk woman may face felony charges after she led her two young godchildren into the middle of traffic, and they were hit by an SUV. NBC 7’s Lauren Lee reports from El Cajon.
Two California girls, struck by an SUV, were led into traffic by their intoxicated godmother, officials said.
Two girls, ages 2 and 4, were rushed to the hospital after they were struck by the SUV on Jamacha Road near Lexington just before 11 p.m. Wednesday.
El Cajon police officers say the girls were in the care of their 22-year-old godmother at the time of the collision. Officials said the three were jaywalking.
El Cajon police interviewed the woman and discovered she was under the influence of alcohol.
She was admitted to a nearby hospital for treatment, officers said.
The girls were taken by ambulance to Rady Children's Hospital. Officials said they suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
El Cajon Police Lt. Tim Henton said the outcome could have been much worse if the driver were going faster or not paying attention.
"Certainly walking out into the path of a car mid-block at night is a circumstance that would be a serious situation if a car was traveling faster," Henton said.
The case will be forwarded to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office for review. Officers are requesting felony child endangerment charges.
The driver stopped after the collision, and an accident report was taken. No arrest was made. The driver was not injured.