RIVERSIDE (CBS) — A Lake Elsinore woman accused of towing her children unsecured in the the back of a pickup truck that rolled over was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, a sheriff’s sergeant said Monday.

Maura Garcia, 37, and her three children between the ages of one and five were sitting in a Mazda truck that was being towed by a Ford truck on Sunday afternoon.

When the driver of the Ford turned right from Highway 74 onto Gunnerson Street in Lake Elsinore, the in-tow Mazda couldn’t navigate the corner and rolled over, Sgt. David Sanches said.

The two youngest children suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital to be checked out, while the 5-year-old was released to the father at the scene, Sanches said.

No one in the Mazda was wearing a seatbelt or strapped in a car seat, the sergeant said.

Garcia was found with her injured children by deputies at a nearby residence, where she was arrested, Sanches said.

“Initially, Garcia hid her children from officers and EMT personnel to avoid being charged with a crime,” he said.

No bail has been set for Garcia, who is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

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Comments (10)
  1. ILLEGALS says:

    Damn Stupida!!

    1. EFLORES says:

      REALLY, you have to say she is illegal. You don’t know this. And while you think she is stupid for doing this. You have to remember that “in the old days” people took responsiblilty for what they did and there were no laws against driving with people in the back of a truck. I am so sick of people placing blame. Too many laws that are not needed and too many cry babies.

  2. ILLEGALS says:

    Pinche Stupida!

    1. Kat Villagran says:

      Illegals like you that don’t know how to spell…que estúpido eres, and her too!

      1. DMAN says:


  3. judo-cide says:

    that’s a damn shame…..it’s kinda funny though…as a kid i always remember riding in the back of a pick up truck…those were fun times….but then again…it was never in tow.

  4. Michael says:

    She’s kind of attractive. And she has stunning lips.

  5. TRAILER PARK says:

    @ Michael, you’re either blind or desperate.

  6. RIDE says:

    THE TOW TRUCK DRIVER IS also responsible…he’s NOT suppose to allow ANYONE to ride in the back of the truck.

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