Redding police are still investigating a DUI crash that sent several children to the hospital, including one child that may have been riding with the driver.
It happened at the intersection of Shasta and Court streets Saturday evening just after the holiday parade in downtown Redding.
Star Elizabeth Webb was leaving the parade with her two children and their friend, when her Buick suv was struck by a Toyota RAV4 causing the Buick to roll onto its side.
Witnesses say the Toyota, driven by 30-year-old Taryn Elizabeth Curran of Redding ran a red light and almost hit a pedestrian before striking the Buick.
“Several children were injured in the accident,” Redding traffic sergeant Mark Montgomery said. “All of them non-life threatening, fairly minor as far as I know thus far.”
Montgomery said Curran appeared to be intoxicated at the time of the collision.
“She was subsequently transported to the hospital where she was evaluated for DUI and released for treatment,” he said.
That test determined curran had a blood alcohol level of more than 0.08.
Witnesses also reported seeing a child ejected from Curran's vehicle at the time of the collision, but police could not locate the child when they arrived on scene.
Curran denied having a child in her car at the time of the collision.
The child's father, 29-year-old Cody Lee Borders was also on scene and told police he didn't know the whereabouts of the 2-year-old.
But police say borders transported the child to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of a head contusion and bruising to her abdomen.
“It looks like both the father and the mother who was the possible DUI driver was being less than truthful about the whereabouts of the child as to not get in trouble,” Montgomery said.
But the child's aunt said the child was removed from the scene because ambulances had not arrived and the child needed medical attention.
Police say they’re looking into that as a possibility.
“The initial appearance of everything thing right now that the parents were trying to cover up the possibility of the DUI while the child was in the car and being injured, that's still kind of investigation at this time,” Montgomery said.
Curran faces charges of felony DUI and causing injuries, five counts of child endangerment and providing false information to a police officer.
Borders could also face similar charges minus DUI charges.
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