Maryland mother in SUV accidentally runs over 5 children, kills daughter

Police investigate the crime scene where Natalie Hernandez-Cruz was run over by her mother as she hit the accelerator instead of the breaks. WJZ

(CBS/AP) LEWISDALE, Md. - A mother accidentally backed her SUV into five children in the driveway of her Prince George's County home, killing one of them, police said Friday.

Prince George's County police spokeswoman Julie Parker says 8-year-old Natalie Hernandez-Cruz, the driver's daughter, has died of her injuries. Three other children are stable, and an 11-year-old is in serious condition. The youngest victim, a 1-year-old boy, is the driver's son.

CBS station WJZ in Baltimore, Md. reported that the accident occurred around 8:45 p.m. Thursday when Marianable Cruz-Lopez mistakenly stepped on the gas instead of the brake. She hit five children -- ranging from a toddler to an 11-year-old -- and then rammed into the garage. She has not been charged and drugs and alcohol were not believed to be a factor, Parker said to WJZ.

"It's just a devastating accident," she said to WJZ.

An officer who was performing CPR on one of the children reported seeing children being pulled from the garage one-by-one and then placed on the grass, WJZ reported.

Police had been called to address a reported landlord-tenant dispute about 40 minutes before the incident. Cruz-Lopez was moving out of the home Thursday evening, but police believe that her moving had nothing to do with the accident. Officers were still in the area when the call for the collision was made and were able to respond immediately, Parker told WJZ.

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