Police: California drunk driver hits 9, drags toddler

Authorities say man critically injures 2-year-old girl after striking and pulling her 50-feet with SUV

Published September 7, 2010 7:10PM (EDT)

Police in California say a drunken driver hit nine people with his SUV and critically injured a 2-year-old girl who was dragged more than 50 feet along a Santa Ana street.

Forty-three-year-old Miguel Sandoval was arrested Monday.

Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna tells the Orange County Register that a Chevy Suburban was seen cutting across lanes, jumping a curb and driving on a sidewalk Monday night.

Bertagna says the vehicle struck a mother and daughter, who were trapped underneath and dragged 50 feet, before hitting seven other people.

Bertagna says the 2-year-old remains in critical but stable condition. Her mother was treated for a broken leg.

Two other adults and another 2-year-old girl suffered non-life threatening injuries.


Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

By Associated Press

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