Woman Learning To Drive Arrested In Death Of Toddler

April 21, 2017
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A 44-year-old woman was arrested after a little girl died while she was learning how to drive in the parking lot outside of the girl’s home.

According to police, the suspect who is now out on bail, was learning to drive on a manual car in the parking lot outside of Wilfredo Cardoza’s  Lafayette, Colo., home on Easter Sunday.

Cardoza’s was washing his car during this time while his 2 daughters, including one-year-old Aelin, were in the back seat of the car.

The suspect was putting her car into reverse and “accidentally hit the accelerator…crashing into the Honda which launched Aelin from the car.”

The doors to Cardoza’s vehicle was open while he was cleaning his car.

During an interview with KCNC, Cardoza’s sister-in-law, Lydia, translated.

“When she fell, he just grabbed her and was super scared. She just hugged him. He picked her up and said to God to help her,” said Lydia.

Aelin died later in hospital.

Lydia also said that her brother-in-law “feels destroyed” since the passing of his daughter.

“She loved to hug him, and brought a smile to his face. Little cute girl. So energetic. She just makes us laugh,” she said.

If convicted, the suspect can face up to a year in jail.

Blanca Sandoval, 44, has been charged with careless driving.

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