Driver in Stroller Crash Faces Multiple Charges

Driver Christine Padilla faces three charges in connection with the crash

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    A woman faces multiple criminal charges in connection with a crash that killed a nanny and seriously injured a toddler, officials said on Monday.

    Christine Padilla, of North County, faces charges in connection with the death of Monserrat Mendez, 41, who was killed and her toddler seriously wounded on Feb. 1 when the SUV Padilla was driving allegedly ran a red light at Camino Del Sur and Via Verrazzano near Rancho Santa Fe, officials said.

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    Padilla is expected to enter a plea at an arraignment scheduled for March 18. She faces charges of vehicular manslaughter, failure to stop at a red light and failure to yield to a pedestrian within a crosswalk, city prosecutors said.

    Mendez was pushing a 14-month-old toddler in a stroller at the time of the crash. She suffered critical injuries and died at a hospital.

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    The boy was hospitalized in intensive care for several days, with injuries including a shattered spleen, fractured femur, pelvic fracture, broken rib, broken leg and skull fracture.

    A man who identified himself as a Mr. Padilla answered the door of the home and said his wife was too distraught to talk to media.

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    “Please, she’s gone through enough,” Padilla said Friday. “There’s no way we can give a statement right now. We have a one-day-old baby.”

    San Diego police filed its case with the City Attorney’s Office on Feb. 12, officials said.

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    Police said Padilla was not speeding nor was she using her cellphone, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, citing police officials.