An Altus mother was arrested Sunday after a two-vehicle accident at Spurgeon and Elm.
According to reports from Altus Police, at approximately 7:42 p.m., Adriana Lopez, 22, was driving a 1999 Chrysler north bound on Spurgeon approaching Elm Street, when a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am, driven by Vanessa Molina, 16, was east bound and stopped at the intersection of Spurgeon and Elm.
The Molina vehicle proceeded into the intersection when it was struck on the passenger’s side by the Lopez vehicle.
There were two children in the Lopez vehicle, ages 3 and 5. Both children were injured and transported to Jackson County Memorial Hospital by EMS personnel. One child suffered head, neck and back injuries while the other suffered trunk injures. There were also two passengers in the Molina vehicle, ages 15 and 16. They both suffered head injures and were also transported to Jackson County Memorial Hospital.
The arrest came after witnesses told officers that the driver of the Chrysler, Adriana Lopez, removed the two children and walked away from the accident scene. She was found several houses away sitting on the porch of a residence.
Lopez made no attempt to notify police that she was the driver of one of the vehicles involved. When asked about the accident, Lopez told police she had the children seat belted together in the front seat, but not in child restraint seats.
Lopez was later arrested for Driving Under Suspension, No Insurance, No Child restraint and Leaving the Scene of a Personal injury accident.
The condition of the children is not known at this time, and Altus Police are continuing the investigation.