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4-year-old saved by parking pole

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SUNNYSIDE, Wash. - Police are crediting a parking pole with saving the life of a child in Sunnyside after a woman who was speeding in reverse hit a car before narrowly missing a 4-year-old girl walking in a parking lot.

Police say 34-year-old Isabel Hernandez had been parked at the Valley View Market in the 100 block of W. Lincoln on Sunday and had backed her car up at a high rate of speed.

As Hernandez was backing up, her passenger was attempting to get into the vehicle, leaving the passenger door open. The Toyota struck a Ford pickup that was parked next to it, accelerated backwards onto W. Lincoln, then backwards into the parking lot of the market. 

The Toyota struck a parking pole lifting the rear end of the Toyota off of the ground, struck the market and came to rest on another parking pole.

Surveillance video from the market shows the Toyota narrowly missing a small child who was walking between the parking pole and the building. Had the parking pole not been there, the child would have been struck by the Toyota.

Hernandez was driving with a suspended license. She has been booked in the Sunnyside Jail for Reckless Driving and Driving While License Suspended 3rd Degree.

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