No injuries after mom loses control of car in Richmond, crashes into church playground

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No injuries after mom loses control of car in Richmond, crashes into church playground

A mother was cited for being unlicensed and for not having her 7-year-old child in a safety seat after she lost control of her car on Saturday and crashed into a church playground in Richmond, police said.

No one was injured in connection with the solo-vehicle crash that occurred just before noon at Yiu Mienh Baptist Church at 777 Sonoma St., Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said Monday.

Perhaps a higher power was looking out for the children: Church officials had decided not to have kids using the playground due to lack of staffing, police said.

The incident unfolded as the mother was driving a 2006 Toyota Camry westbound on Solano Avenue. She somehow became distracted and “drove onto the sidewalk, into a cyclone fence, slid like a skateboard on rails, down the embankment, and onto the slide at the church playground,” police reported in a Facebook post.

“When officers arrived, much to their surprise, they found a car on a slide of the playground, literally,” police said.

Police discovered the 7-year-old was not in a booster seat and was seated in the front seat, and also that the mother was unlicensed. The mother was issued citations for those infractions.

“Please remember, if you’re driving with a child who is under 8 years old, the child has to be in the backseat and in a child restraint,” police said. “Also, pay attention when you’re operating a car, please.”

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