A woman speeding with twin 5-year-old girls in the back seat on Wednesday lost control of her car on Modesto’s West Orangeburg Avenue and touched off a crash involving two parked vans, a parked truck and two houses.
The woman, Ana Marilea Torres Rodriguez, 25, of Modesto, and the two children escaped serious injury, according to Lt. Scott Blom of the Modesto Police Department.
Rodriguez, along with the two children who were not secured in car seats, were taken to an area hospital with nonlifethreatening injuries, Blom said.
Blom said when the woman is released from the hospital, she will be arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, two charges of felony child endangerment and other citations, including driving without a license.
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Rodriguez was either racing another car or involved in a case of road rage, Blom said. The driver of the other car, described as a silver Dodge or Chrysler, fled the scene.
Rodriguez and the other car were apparently speeding eastbound on West Orangeburg at about 11 a.m. when Rodriguez drove her blue Crown Victoria into the westbound lane.
She apparently lost control of her car while going back to the eastbound lane. Her car spun and collided with a Dodge Ram van parked in front of a house at 1526 West Orangeburg Ave.
The force of the collision sent the van eastward. The van skidded and hit the front end of a GMC truck parked in the driveway of 1526 Orangeburg, and continued through a fence toward the house next door.
It hit a Toyota Sienna van parked in the driveway of 1522 West Orangeburg, coming to a stop next to the house.
Both properties suffered damage.
Rodriguez’s car came to rest in the driveway at 1526 West Orangeburg, home to Rafael Perez and his wife and young daughter.
The family was home when Rafael Perez said he heard “a terrible noise. Like something blew up.”
He rushed outside and helped Rodriguez and the two children out of the car.
He said the children were frantic, and the woman, who was bleeding from an area around her face, was dazed.
He also saw his van in his neighbor’s driveway, having hit his truck and his neighbor's Sienna as it skidded across both properties.
“It was really, really bad,” he said.
Blom said it was “miraculous” that the injuries weren’t more serious.