Stockton girls improving after fiery New Year's Eve crash, says mother

5:58 AM, Jan 6, 2014   |    comments
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Marisela and Maria Raymundo

STOCKTON- A Stockton mother says her two young daughters are showing signs of improvement after nearly being killed in a fiery car crash on New Year's Eve.

Ten-year-old Marisela Raymundo is now home from the hospital, after fracturing her collar bone and sustaining bruises to her abdomen.

Her older sister, Maria, is still in the hospital. Her mother says the girl was just released from the Intensive Care Unit after having surgery for a broken femur bone and a pin inserted in her ankle.

Some witnesses say the driver of the Jeep Cherokee that crashed New Year's Eve in Stockton at Church and Lincoln Streets was racing with two young relatives in his vehicle.
Police say the driver, 23-year-old Andrew Lopez, had been drinking and was speeding.

But his relatives say new witnesses are coming forward claiming the driver was speeding because he was being chased.

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Even though her daughters nearly lost their lives, Juarez doesn't believe her son-in-law was racing. She thinks there is another car out there to blame for the crash.

"Some say that it looked as if they pushed them into it, and then another one said like they intentionally tried to swerve so they wouldn't hit them, but they still hit them," said Juarez.

Police reiterate that witnesses on the scene said Lopez was racing. According to witnesses, the other car involved was a Camaro or Trans-Am type car.

Lopez faces child endangerment and DUI charges.

By Suzanne Phan, sphan@news10.net

News10/KXTV

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