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Mother killed, 2 kids injured after suspected DUI crash along Sacramento road

Car hits 3 people before overturning in Sacramento
Car hits 3 people before overturning in Sacramento 01:27

SACRAMENTO COUNTY — A woman who was walking with her kids in Sacramento's Pocket neighborhood and was hit by a suspected drunk driver has now died from her injuries, police confirmed Monday. 

The crash happened shortly after 6 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 30 along Pocket Rd. right in front of the children's school, Bergamo Montessori. A driver was traveling eastbound on Pocket Rd. when the sedan lost control and hit the family on the sidewalk -- the mother and her two children, the Sacramento Police Department said. 

The woman suffered critical injuries while her two children, whose ages are not known, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. All were transported to the hospital. 

A Bergamo Montessori School spokesperson confirmed to CBS13 the mother's two children attend the school. They are now grieving the loss of a parent from their tight-knit school. 

"There are just no words. Our school community is deeply saddened... A GoFundMe will be established on behalf of the children," said a spokesperson for Bergamo Montessori School.  

The mother's identity has not yet been released to the public. 

The vehicle's driver, 26-year-old Alethea Lee, suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a rollover crash prior to hitting the three. 

Following a crash investigation, which included searching the area for evidence and speaking with witnesses, police determined that speed and impairment contributed to the crash. As a result, Lee was initially arrested on charges of driving while under the influence and causing great bodily injury. She now also faces felony charges of gross vehicular manslaughter. 

Lee made her first appearance in Sacramento court for arraignment on the charges on Dec. 5.

Anyone with information about the crash is urged to call the Sacramento Police Department dispatch center at (916) 808-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP (4357).  

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