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Five children struck by SUV in Lewisdale driveway

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An 8-year-old girl has died after being struck by an SUV Thursday evening, along with four other children, in Lewisdale, ABC7 News has learned.

Natalie Hernandez Cruz, one of the five children hit by a car on Thursday night, has died. (Photo: Prince George's County Schools)
(Photo: ABC7)

The 8-year-old, Natalie Hernandez Cruz, was the daughter of the woman who was driving the vehicle, Marianable Cruz-Lopez, Prince George’s County Police said. Her 2-year-old son has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

Police say Cruz-Lopez accidentally backed her SUV into five children in the driveway of the Lewisdale home where she lives. A 6-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl were also released from the hospital. A 10-year-old boy remains in the hospital in critical, but stable condition. Police say his condition is improving.

Police said Cruz-Lopez saw the kids playing but accidentally hit the gas instead of the accelerator.

Cruz-Lopez, who is 33, is not currently being charged with anything. She was  interviewed by police.

Leading up to the accident, Cruz-Lopez was set to be evicted from the apartment she rents in the basement of a home at the accident location.

She had been outside arguing with the landlord, ABC7 has learned from Prince George’s County Police.

Cruz-Lopez called police, who came to the house and took a report on the dispute prior to the accident.

After the police left, Cruz-Lopez also left and then came back 20 minutes later, and the accident occurred as she backed into the driveway, police said.


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