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Menlo Park: Driver pleads not guilty in DUI injury crash

Carina Sandoval was out of custody at time of Jan. 17 accident for DUI charge three months ago

The 26-year-old driver in an alleged DUI crash that left her and a passenger seriously hurt, and her 16-month old son with minor injuries, pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court on Tuesday (Jan. 21).

Carina Lisbet Sandoval, a Redwood City resident, has been charged with driving under the influence while on DUI probation, driving on a license suspended for DUI, child endangerment, and driving under the influence of alcohol and causing injury, police said.

Ms. Sandoval and her boyfriend, a 26-year-old man from Burlingame, were hurt in a two-vehicle collision at Bayfront Expressway and Chrysler Drive around 8:30 p.m. last Friday.

At the time of the collision, she was out of custody on her own recognizance related to an October 2013 DUI charge that occurred only three months prior to the Jan. 17 crash, the District Attorney's Office said.

In last week's incident, Ms. Sandoval's 1994 tan Honda Accord allegedly turned left in front of oncoming traffic and collided with a blue 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe, according to the DA's office. The occupants of the second vehicle weren't hurt.

Trapped inside their car, Ms. Sandoval and her boyfriend were extricated by Menlo Park Fire Protection District firefighters.

Her 16-month-old son, who was riding in a car seat, was treated for minor cuts and abrasions at a local hospital before being released to family members, according to the report.

The court has scheduled a preliminary hearing for Feb. 3. Ms. Sandoval is currently in custody on $250,000 bail.

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