Apr 20, 2015
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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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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.