A woman who crashed her car near Redwood City while driving four
underage passengers Friday 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
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.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call (650)