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Five children, including a toddler, were injured Thursday night in a driveway of a Lewisdale home.

Update, 2:30 p.m. An 8-year-old girl has died from injuries she sustained after her mother drove an SUV over her and four other children in Lewisdale Thursday night.

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According to Prince George’s County Police, the accident in the 2200 block of Hannon Street occurred at 8:47 p.m., when 33-year-old Maria Anna Cruz Lopez accidentally struck the five children, ranging in age from two to 11. Two of the children were her own, including the toddler, who had minor injuries, and Natalie Hernandez Cruz, 8, who has died.

PGPD Spokeswoman Julie Parker said Friday that two county police officers were on scene around 8 p.m. when Lopez called to report a landlord-tenant dispute. The landlord was evicting Lopez for not paying rent, according to ABC7.

The officers took the report and left the scene, Parker added, but returned 20 minutes later when the call for the accident came into dispatch. Officers immediately started CPR on Lopez’ daughter, Natalie, who was the most critically injured. 

PGPD Lt. David Lloyd told the media in a press conference Thursday that Lopez was parked in a driveway with her car facing the street, when she accidentally began accelerating in reverse, striking the five children who were playing in the driveway. The car continued backing up and struck a corner of the garage.

Multiple eyewitnesses told Patch Thursday that they could hear an argument and shouting in the street before the accident occurred.

The three other injured children are at Children’s Hospital in DC. The 6 and the 7 year old only sustained minor injuries. The 11 year old remains in critical condition.

“At this point it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor in this case," Parker said.

She added that police believe this was a tragic accident and Lopez has not been charged with a crime.

Editor’s Note: In an earlier post, we misquoted PGPD Spokeswoman Julie Parker. Drugs and alcohol were not involved in the accident. We regret this error. 

Updated, Friday, 9:02 a.m.: An 8-year-old girl has died after her mother accidentally backed her SUV into her and four other children in Lewisdale Thursday night.

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According to Prince George's County Spokeswoman Julie Parker, two county police officers were called to a house on the 2200 block of Hannon Street around 8 p.m. Thursday night for landlord-tenant dispute. Maria Anna Cruz Lopez, 33, was being evicted from her home there with her children.

The officers left the home just after 8:20 p.m., but 20 minutes later they were called back to the scene when a 911 call dispatcher said five children were struck by an SUV, Parker said. Officers immediately started to resuscitate Natalie Hernandez Cruz, 8, who was the most critically injured. 

All five children were hospitalized, police said. The youngest, a toddler who will turn two on Saturday, and a 6- and 7-year-old only sustained minor injuries. The 11-year-old remains in critical condition at Children's Hospital in DC.

“At this point it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor in this case," Parker said.

She added that police believe this was a tragic accident and Lopez has not been charged with a crime.

Updated, Friday, 8:24 a.m.: The eight year old involved in Thursday night's accident in Lewisdale has died, according to ABC7 who interviewed a relative.

At around 8:47 p.m., a woman was parked in a driveway when she accidentally began accelerating in reverse, striking five children playing in the driveway, Prince George's County Police Lt. David Lloyd told the media in a press conference Thursday.

According to relatives, the eight year old and toddler were the driver's children, ABC7 reports.

Update, 10:40 p.m. Five children, including a toddler, are in critical condition after a woman apparently drove her SUV over them, Prince George's County Police Cpl. Larry Johnson said.

The call came into police dispatch around 8:47 p.m., Prince George's County Police Lt. David Lloyd said in a press conference Thursday night.

According to Lloyd, a woman in a large dark-colored SUV was parked in the driveway of a house on the 2200 block of Hannon Street. When she backed her car up in the driveway, she struck the five children, ranging in age from a year-and-a-half to 11 years old. The car continued backing up and was lodged into garage.

The woman was arguing with someone before the incident, according to three eyewitnesses at the scene, who said they heard shouting in the street.

The children were taken to Children's Hospital in Washington, DC, Lloyd said. A woman was detained and taken away from the scene, but police would not say if she was arrested or charged.

Update, 9:56 p.m.: Two eyewitnesses told Patch that a woman backed into a garage of a home on the 2200 block of Hannon Street, striking five children between the ages of two and 10 who were playing in the vicinity of the home.

WJLA is reporting that one child was critically injured.

The eyewitnesses say before the incident they could hear the woman arguing with someone in the house. Police have not corroborated this story as of yet.

Police and EMS are on the scene.

Original Post, 9:24 p.m.: Prince George's County police and fire officials are heading to the scene of an accident on the 2200 block on Hannon Street in Lewisdale.

According to a Prince George's County Police spokeswoman, the call was for multiple children struck by a vehicle.

Residents could hear sirens and a helicopter in the area shortly after the incident around 8:47 p.m.

No other details are available at this time.

Sam McRae June 01, 2012 at 11:19 AM
My heart goes out to those kids an pray they all recover quickly. Take her license away, wouldn't want that to happen again.
Melina Acuna-Lopez June 01, 2012 at 08:29 PM
u feel sorry for those childern including the one that died may god be with you.
Nelly Gomez June 01, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Mi niece Ellen is in my prayers, she is one of the five kids, hope she recover soon, also the 11 year old my prayers are for you. Dios les de fortaleza en el Señor a los pastores y familiares de esta tragedia :( Nelly's
Seeta Dass June 02, 2012 at 05:45 AM
God bless the children and their mom sadly things like this happens when who really is the blame in spare of the moment confusion is to blame not the mom we are all human I know she loves her children and had no intentions for this to happen but this is life and it's not fair my heart goes to the kids mother and family let us not be judgemental for this could happen to anyone of us "who without sin shall cast the first stone "May God Bless Us All!!!!!!!
marcos June 02, 2012 at 06:21 AM
its a pity,maybe her anger caused the accident ,if that was the case she paid and lost to much now she needs help and profesional asistence
Florence van Steenbergen June 02, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Amen - Yes, tragic, tragic, to say the least - We must all pray for the driver and children and family and friends that The Good Lord will comfort and heal, as only He can - but especially for the driver and children.
Gayle Rockelli June 02, 2012 at 02:29 PM
She has no license. Plus she lied to Police re her many names and committed traffic violations in Montgomery County, one of which involved the safety of her children not being secured in the SUV.
Gayle Rockelli June 02, 2012 at 02:34 PM
All of the children are the losers in this event. Perhaps if she had not illegally rented space in a house in Lewisdale this might have been avoided (the argument and her eviction).
Susan Keiffers June 02, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Wow you people are so mean to judge during this tragic time. She will have to live with the fact that she killed her own daughter and injured all those other kids. Gayle Rockelli, sounds like you have a personal vendetta against this woman. Have a heart but it doesn't sound like you even have one!
Michael Theis June 02, 2012 at 05:47 PM
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Gayle Rockelli June 02, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Susan, have a heart? Yes, I do which is why I would never drive without a license, never put my children at risk by driving without them properly secured in the car and NEVER have rented space from another RENTER without the OWNER'S knowledge. This happens a lot in Lewisdale even though the area is zoned R-57, single family homes. I still contend that if Ms. Cruz Lopez had not rented space illegally, then there would have been no argument and no loss of life. When it comes to adults being responsible for the lives of their children then, yes, I will always side with innocent children. I don't know this woman so there is no vendetta as you would believe, Susan Keiffers. What have you done to advocate on behalf of children or your community? I own a home in Lewisdale and I can speak to the issues at hand. Yes, it is tragic for the children. I have seen other cases with horrible consequences for the children living in Lewisdale such as the case of a mother who lived two doors down from me. She was stealing drivers licenses from the DMV in Georgetown with her 15 year old daughter by her side. Eric Holder prosecuted her and the minor under the Terrorism Act. They were deported. For many, many years Laverne Williams was the head of the Lewisdale Citizens Association and worked tirelessly on behalf of ALL of the residents as have many of us who own homes there. I believe in educating people as to what the laws are and they have a responsibility to abide by them.
Ed Arthur June 02, 2012 at 10:32 PM
if my government would understand what illegal means and deport them there would be alot less problems in lewisdale hyattsville riverdale and a whole lot more , i dont care if anyone comes here legaly BUT when you have thousands of illegals and nothings done , then we have what we have now ...........and if you speak the truth they wanna call you a racest because you dont like seeing your town , country turn to hell ? well then we still have a problem
Karen Garretson June 03, 2012 at 02:28 PM
This is very very said. I am not sure if the lady puposely ran into the house because she was being evicted. You CANNOT see what is directly behind you in an SUV, pickup truck, etc. You do have a blind spot. This teaches me to be even more careful backing out of my driveway.
Susan Ward June 03, 2012 at 06:52 PM
This is very sad for the kids she injured, the innocent child she killed and the families whose kids she ran over. Maybe if she was a legal renter she would not have climbed into her vehicle with attitude wanting to destroy property. Big car or not what person does not hear 5 kids playing in the driveway or even see them. She walked to get into that vehicle and had to have seen them. I have three kids and they get on porch when driving in or out of driveway. There is no teaching you even more careful its just common sense. She was already parked in driveway and she had to floor the gas to go such short distance and make that damage to house and kids. If she was a legal driver and took a test and got a license she would know these things. She has all those tickets in Montgomery County for no license and no car seat and all those different names. The county needs to investigate all houses with multiple families living in them and make them move to new homes. They are single family homes not how many bodies you can fit into one house at a time home. If you can come to this world illegal and we pay taxes for you and all those kids you have on state assitance then you can all pay bills for yourself. She needs to go to jail and have her child taken from her. She cant follow our MD laws she needs to get out. The kid is only two so wont remember much any way so its not cruel taking kid from mom. If those were my kids I would sue her an take her SUV too.
Claudia Levy June 05, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Gayle Rockelli: you do not know the situation of this woman, you do not know her economic status or the reason why she lives there. IT WAS AN ACCiDENTS,ACCIDENTS HAPPEN. Do not judge, thank God that it wasn't you in that situation. Just think about it and reflect. We all are human and have the right to have lives.
Loouuuiiss June 12, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Awww that was my classmates little sister that died and his cousins that got injured, RIP, feel better, :( i still cant believe it, the little girl was so adorable and so nice, unbelieveable.

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