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SAN DIEGO – A North County woman was charged Monday, a month after she fatally struck a nanny as she pushed a stroller carrying a 13-month-old baby in a crosswalk in Carmel Valley, the City Attorney’s office said.

SUVstrollerChristine Padilla was charged with vehicle manslaughter, failure to stop at a red light and failure to yield to a pedestrian within a crosswalk, according to San Diego City Attorney’s office spokeswoman Gina Coburn.

The accident happened on February 1 Camino del Sur and Via Verrazzano in Carmel Valley just east of Fairbanks Ranch happened about 11:45 a.m., according to San Diego police.

Monserrat Mendez, 41, suffered critical injuries and later died at a local hospital.

The toddler broke several bones and suffered from a skull fracture.  He was treated at Rady Children’s Hospital’s intensive care unit.  His current condition was unknown.

Padilla will be arraigned on March 18 at 12:30 p.m.


  • guest

    she, Padilla ran the red light, was too involved watching the curbline..hope they poke her eyes out.

    • Bob Sterling

      People are way too distracted these days. Unfortunatly this behavior can be deadly. We all need to learn to be completely focused on what we are doing especially when others may be affected. Accidents are preventable- and I mean just that!

  • Needan Update

    How old is Padilla? What's her reason for running the red light? Was she texting? Distracted? How 'bout some details on the accused.

    • Bryan

      If I remember correctly, she had just been released from the Hospital the day before. She had just had a baby. Not sure when she had the baby but it was most likely the day before the accident. There was no mention of her baby being in her vehicle but it is possible the child was with her. I'm not sure if it is legal to drive right after having a baby. It is recommended by Livestrong that a woman should not drive for a few days due to the train of child birth.

      • Debra

        I read that as well. And I've also read that this Padilla woman is an attorney. What an irresponsible idiot, I hope both victim's families sue.

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