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Woman flees scene when asked for identification, injures child

When you hire a babysitter, you want him or her to be responsible with your child. The last thing you want to find out is that he or she took your child on a car ride and caused a collision that resulted in your child's injuries.

That's what happened in this case, according to a story from Nov. 8. A babysitter had a 7-year-old child in the backseat of her vehicle when she rear-ended another car on Valley Drive at approximately 3:45 p.m. The woman got out of her vehicle and apologized while leaving the child in the back seat. The other driver said the woman didn't look drunk or intoxicated.

Moments later, the woman refused to provide her identification to the other driver. That's when she drove her vehicle away through barriers and into a farmer's market. The police stated that they weren't sure how she managed to get into the area, because she was unable to speak to them due to intoxication. This does conflict with previous witness statements.

They believe she was traveling at least 50 mph when she eventually crashed into a vendor's tent and fled onto a pedestrian walkway. The woman, a 34-year-old from Manhattan Beach, was arrested several blocks away from the farmer's market. The child suffered minor injuries and was returned to her mother following the babysitter's arrest.

The babysitter now faces felony child endangerment charges as well as misdemeanor hit-and-run and misdemeanor driving under the influence charges. Fortunately, no one was killed in this case. If you're involved in a crash like this one, remember that you have a right to pursue a claim.

Source: Easy Reader News, "Babysitter sitter’s wild ride ends after crash at Farmer’s Market," Ryan McDonald, Nov. 08, 2017

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