TEMECULA, Calif. - A mother was arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter after her 8-year-old daughter was killed in a crash that injured seven other people including three children in Temecula Sunday, according to Riverside County fire officials.
Riverside County Fire Department reported the crash around 6:25 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of California Highway 79 and Anza Road in Temecula. Officials originally reported that six people were involved in the crash, but that was later updated to eight.
The 33-year-old woman was driving a Honda Pilot in westbound lanes when the SUV drifted right onto the dirt shoulder, the CHP said in a statement.
She tried to pull the SUV back onto the road but over-corrected and swerved into the opposing lane, colliding with a Chevy Silverado heading east, the statement said.
The 8-year-old female victim died before first responders could arrive, according to officials. Investigators said the girl was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene.
Her mother and two other children a 12-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, were hospitalized with major injuries, officials said.
Three people in the Silverado — a 46-year-old man, a 43-year-old woman and a 12-year-old girl — were also hospitalized.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.