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6 Kids Hurt In Suspected DUI Crash Near Lancaster

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LANCASTER (CBS) — Six children were injured, two of them critically, when an allegedly drunken driver overturned her sport utility vehicle near Lancaster.

The accident happened about 6:15 a.m. Sunday and resulted in an unspecified number of children being ejected from a 2002 Toyota Sequoia as it drifted off Avenue I and onto a dirt shoulder near 65th Street East, said Sgt. Denise Joslin of the California Highway Patrol.

The SUV reportedly rolled over four times.

The two children who were critically injured were identified as a 1-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, both of whom suffered head trauma.

They were airlifted to Antelope Valley Hospital. The boy also had a foot amputated and lost part of another leg, according to KCAL9’s Edward Lawrence. The boy was later transferred to Kaiser Foundation Hospital on Sunset in Hollywood.

The 4-year-old girl has been taken to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

The other four children, whose ages ranged from 10 months old to 11 years old, were also taken to the hospital with moderate to minor injuries.

The driver, identified as 31-year-old Stanesha Nicole Allen of Lake Los Angeles, was rushed to the hospital with moderate injuries and was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

CBS2’s Joy Benedict reported that Allen lost part of a finger in the crash.

“She going to remain in the hospital for a couple of days,” Joslin said. More criminal charges are pending.

Three of the six children reportedly are Allen’s biological children, two are believed to be foster kids and one is her niece.

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