September 24, 2010

Ivette Godinez - Charged With Running Over Toddler, Fleeing The Scene As Child Lay Dying

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Madera, California (The Weekly Vice) - Ivette Godinez, a 33-year-old Madera woman was jailed Wednesday night after she allegedly ran over a toddler while intoxicated, made a U-turn to see what she had hit, and then fled the scene as the child lay dying in a crosswalk she apparently didn't notice.

According to Madera police, 3-year-old Efrian Enrique Hernandez was using an intersection crosswalk with his family Tuesday when Godinez' Saturn SUV struck and killed the child.

Witnesses told police they saw Godinez' vehicle make a u-turn, slow down near the accident scene and then take off once she realized she had struck a child.

"She just looked like she was in shock that she hit a kid," said Erica Rodriguez, a witness at the crash scene. "but she still took off, she never stopped."

Godinez' defense attorney told a local radio station that the sun was in her eyes and that she didn't realize she had struck anyone until she saw news reports about the accident on television the next day.

Other sources say Godinez thought she had struck the median while driving through the crosswalk and only learned of the accident while reading the newspaper the next morning.

Investigators believe that she was intoxicated.

Godinez was booked into jail and charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run resulting in death. She is being held on $225,000 bond.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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