A lawyer from California who struck and killed a nanny pushing a stroller has been sentenced to mere 48 hours in jail.
Nanny Monserrat Mendez, 41, was killed when the driver of an SUV, Christine Padilla, 35, ran a red light at an intersection. Mendez was pushing a 14-month-old toddler in a stroller across the intersection. The nanny suffered critical injuries and later died at the hospital.
The toddler was hospitalized in intensive care for several days for injuries that included a shattered spleen, fractured femur, pelvic fracture, broken rib, broken leg and skull fracture. The boy eventually pulled through and survived the collision.
Padilla pleaded guilty last month to a misdemeanor charge of vehicular manslaughter and two traffic infractions after admitting to police that she was sleep-deprived at the time of the crash.
When interviewed by investigators, Padilla said that she had given birth just 33 hours before the crash and was 'extremely sleep deprived.'
Deputy City Attorney Nicole Kukas said that not getting any sleep for 24 hours is similar to driving drunk or high on drugs.
"She [Padilla] should not have been driving," the prosecutor told Judge Charles Gill.
Mendez's family has filed a civil lawsuit against Padilla, accusing her of being reckless and negligent.