REDWOOD CITY -- A 25-year-old mother and four children, including a 1-year-old, were hospitalized Friday morning when the car she was driving overturned, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

A two-car crash was reported at 8:08 a.m. at First and Williams avenues in North Fair Oaks, CHP Officer Art Montiel said.

CHP officials said the tan 1998 Chevrolet S-10 the mother was driving was traveling eastbound on First Street when, for unknown reasons, she lost control of the vehicle and it drifted toward the right. It then hit a parked silver 2006 Dodge F-250, causing the Chevrolet to overturn, officials said.

When emergency personnel arrived, the Chevrolet was on its roof.

The driver, identified as Mirna Rocio Lopez, 25, of Redwood City, and a 17-year-old who was riding in the front passenger seat, were taken to Stanford Hospital for cuts on their arms, CHP official said.

Three other children -- ages 1, 5 and 6 -- also were in the car but did not appear injured, though they were taken to the hospital for evaluation, officials said.

Montiel said that, while the investigation is continuing, the driver of the vehicle, is likely to be charged for allowing children to ride unrestrained in the vehicle.

Mercury News staff contributed to this report.



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