Driver in Santaluz Stroller Crash Pleads Not Guilty

By Monica Garske
|  Friday, Mar 15, 2013  |  Updated 6:20 PM PDT
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Nanny Dies, Toddler Injured After SUV Strikes Stroller

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The stroller was shown halfway underneath Padilla's SUV following the collision in Santaluz that killed a nanny and seriously injured a toddler on Feb. 1.

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North County Attorney Charged in Stroller Crash

Contract Attorney Christine Padilla of Del Sur faces three charges for her alleged role in the death of a nanny and serious injury of a toddler. NBC 7's Nicole Gonzales reports.

Nanny Dies, Toddler Injured After SUV Strikes Stroller

A woman is dead and a toddler has been critically injured after being hit by an SUV on Friday afternoon.
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A North County attorney has entered a not guilty plea in connection with her role in a crash that killed a nanny and seriously injured a toddler.

Nanny Monserrat Mendez, 41, was killed when a driver behind the wheel of an SUV ran a red light at the intersection of Camino Del Sur and Via Verrazzano on Feb. 1.

At the time of the crash, Mendez was pushing a 14-month-old toddler in a stroller. The nanny suffered critical injuries and later died at the hospital.

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

After a lengthy investigation by San Diego police, the driver of the SUV, Christine Padilla, of Del Sur, was charged with vehicular manslaughter, failure to stop at a red light and failure to yield to a pedestrian within a crosswalk.

On Friday, Padilla entered a not guilty plea. Her next trial readiness date is set for April 24. She faces up to a year in jail if convicted.

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