Woman, toddler killed when car hits apartment complex

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Posted: May 03, 2015 11:03 PM

LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) — A car driven by a suspected drunken driver crashed into a Northern California apartment complex, killing a woman and her toddler and slightly injuring two other children as they all walked together outside, police said Sunday.

The crash occurred Saturday evening in Livermore, when a driver lost control near a curve and smashed into the apartment complex. The vehicle struck a 40-year-old woman walking with three children on a path at the complex, Livermore Police Officer Ryan Sanchez said.

The woman and her 14-month-old daughter were killed. Two other family members, 6- and 7-year-old boys, were treated for minor injuries. Police said the woman, from Seaside in Monterey County, was visiting relatives at the complex.

Police initially said the car struck victims in a backyard at the complex.

Police arrested Brian Jones, 35, of Livermore on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and another alcohol-related driving count, Sanchez said.

Investigators have evidence that Jones had been drinking at a wine festival hours before the crash, Sanchez said.

Jones, who was treated for injuries before being jailed, could not be reached for comment Sunday, and no information was immediately available regarding his attorney.

Also Saturday, another suspected drunken driver killed a 24-year-old woman and injured eight other people in the San Francisco Bay Area community of Bay Point.

The driver was driving in reverse in a full-size pickup truck in a crowded restaurant parking lot, authorities said.

Police arrested Martin Bretado-Munoz, 21, of Pittsburg, California, on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony drunken-driving charges.