Toddler Run Over by Mom in Critical Condition

She didn't see little girl as she drove away from home

By Tony Shin
|  Thursday, Sep 30, 2010  |  Updated 9:46 AM PDT
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She didn't see little girl as she drove away from home.

She didn't see little girl as she drove away from home.

A 23-month-old girl was struck by a minivan driven by her 19-year-old mother outside their Mountain View home, according to police. The little girl is in critical condition.

"She got out of the vehicle at one point and got back into the vehicle," said Sgt. Art Doherty.  "As she moved it forward, heading westbound, she did not know another child had stepped in front of her car."

Lauren Garibay was hit in the 3700 block of Florence Street on Wednesday at about 5:30 p.m. Investigators said the mother thought she had run over a skateboard. When she realized it was her daughter, she jumped out of the minivan.

The woman's three young nieces and nephews were still inside the minivan when it rolled down a hill and into a retaining wall outside a home on Florence Street. Those children weren't hurt.

Lauren Garibay, who was supposed to turn two years old in November, was taken by ambulance to Rady Children's Hospital.

Police said she suffered major trauma to her head.

"She was really funny, she was so cute," said her Aunt Alyssa Cruz.

"I'm really close to her with her mom, I would be with her all the time, oh my God it's sad," said Lauren's other Aunt Julia Cruz.

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