​2 Days Jail For Fatal Crash That Killed 1, Injured Toddler​​

A judge sentenced a woman to 2 days in jail after she pleaded guilty to running a red light, which caused a fatal crash killing a nanny and seriously injuring a toddler.

Christine Padilla, an attorney from Del Sur, pleaded guilty last month to a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, running a red light and failure to yield at a crosswalk in connection with a fatal accident that happened on Feb. 1.

Padilla, who had given birth just one day earlier, was driving an SUV and ran a red light at the intersection of Camino Del Sur and Via Verrazzano.
Padilla’s car struck and killed nanny Monserratt Mendez, 41, who was pushing a stroller across the crosswalk carrying 14-month-old toddler Bryan Fomon. The child was severely injured in the collision and spent time in intensive care, but he survived.

A police report from the fatal collision later revealed that Padilla admitted she was sleep-deprived on the day of the accident.

The report said Padilla told officers she was driving home from her sister’s house and knew she ran a red light, but by the time she realized what she had done, it was too late for Mendez and the toddler.

Padilla told officers: “I’m sorry — I’m sleep-deprived and I just looked up and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, it’s red.’ And then oh my God, and she was right there.”

On Friday — more than four months after the tragic crash — Padilla appeared in a standing-room-only courtroom for sentencing.

Emotions were palpable inside the courtroom, as Mendez’s family members and the injured toddler’s mother begged a judge to give Padilla jail time. Many of those in attendance were crying.

Mendez’s 16-year-old daughter, Amy Barragan, spoke of the constant pain she and her 14-year-old brother have endured with the sudden loss of their mother.

“All I really want is justice. My mom and I were best friends; she is the one I told everything to. I just can’t explain the pain we are going through right now,” said Barragan.