Driver veers off road, lands in playground

RICHMOND (KRON) — A woman and her young son narrowly missed serious injury after she drove her car into a playground at a Richmond church. The play area was empty at the time of the crash.

Around noon on Saturday, officers with the Richmond Police Department responded to a car accident at the Yiu Mienh Baptist Church in the 700 block of Sonoma Street. When officers arrived, they were surprised to see a car on the playground slide.

The driver of the 2006 Toyota Camry told police that she was driving westbound on Solano Avenue when she became distracted and left the road. The car drove onto the sidewalk, into a cyclone fence and slid on rails down the embankment before finally landing on the playground slide.

There were two people in the car at the time of the accident, the woman and her 7-year-old son. Neither was seriously injured in the accident.

Because of a slack of staffing, the church had decided not to have children playing in the playground Saturday afternoon.

California requires all children under 8 years old to be in the backseat and in a booster seat unless they are taller than 4’9″.

The woman was ticketed for not having a license, not using a child safety seat and driving off the road.

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