Valencia woman arrested on suspicion of DUI, child endangerment, in Friday crash

A three-vehicle crash Friday evening at McBean Parkway, near Granary Square, sent one man to the nearby Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. Jim Holt/The Signal
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A Valencia woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and cruelty to a child likely produce grievous bodily injury or death in connection with a crash near Granary Square Friday night that sent a man to hospital and took out a tree on McBean Parkway.

About 8:15 p.m. Friday, a dark-colored sedan hit a tree in the center median, just west of Arroyo Park Drive, knocking it over and pulling it out of the ground. The car sustained severe front-end damage in the crash, which triggered airbags in the vehicle.

Jessica Martin, 35, of Valencia, was arrested about 9:30 p.m. Friday.

The crash happened about 300 feet from her residence — a distance of about one football field.

“She was arrested on a DUI charge, a felony,” Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station, said Monday.

“She was also arrested on child endangerment for having an 8-year-old in the car,” she said.

On the night of the crash, a woman, identified by deputies as the driver, sat on the north curb of McBean with a girl identified as her 8-year-old daughter.

“The girl suffered bumps and bruises,” Miller said.

A man who was identified by deputies at the scene Friday as also being a passenger in the same car was hurt and taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, a block from the crash.

Paramedics with the Fire Department treated the man for head injuries, then placed him on a stretcher and into an ambulance.

“This was a three-vehicle traffic collision,” said Supervisor Imy McBride with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Deputies interviewed the driver, who sat huddled for a while under a blanket with her 8-year-old daughter on the grass by the sidewalk.

Deputies on the scene were investigating a report that her car allegedly hit the tree, and then spun out and hit two other vehicles.

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