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Driver suspected of manslaughter, DUI in Sacramento crash that killed woman, hurt her 2 kids

A 26-year-old woman faces felony charges of driving under the influence after her vehicle struck three pedestrians, including a mother who died Sunday from injuries she suffered in last week’s collision in Sacramento’s Pocket neighborhood.

The woman arrested remained in custody Monday afternoon at the Sacramento County Main Jail. Along with the felony DUI charges, she was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, jail records show. She also faces a misdemeanor charge of driving without a valid license.

Shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday, patrol officers were called to the 8100 block of Pocket Road, a few blocks west of Greenhaven Drive, for reports of a vehicle collision involving pedestrians, police said in a news release.

The driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle before it struck the pedestrians, according to the Sacramento Police Department. The vehicle that hit the pedestrians rolled over and came to a stop on its driver’s side.

Officers arrived at the scene and found three injured pedestrians: a woman and her two children, a police spokesman confirmed Monday.

Police said the mother suffered life-threatening injuries, and her children’s injuries were not life-threatening. Medics from the Sacramento Fire Department performed life-saving measures and took the three injured people to hospitals.

The vehicle’s driver was found at the scene of the crash. Police said her injuries were not life-threatening, and she was taken by ambulance to a hospital. Investigators arrested her upon her release from the hospital and booked her at the jail.

Due to the severity of the injuries, detectives from the Police Department’s major collision investigations unit took over the investigation. Police said the detectives and crime scene investigators conducted a thorough canvass of the area for evidence, witnesses and additional information.

On Sunday, the detectives were informed that the mother had died from her injuries. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office will release her name after her family has been notified.

“The collision remains under investigation; however, investigators believe speed and impairment were a contributing factor,” police said in a Monday news release.

The driver’s arraignment hearing is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Sacramento Superior Court. She was being held in lieu of $450,000 bail.