Woman, 3 children struck by vehicle while watching Valencia fireworks

A woman was fatally struck by a vehicle and her three children were injured, along with four other people, as they watched a fireworks show in Valencia, a sheriff's lieutenant said today.

It was unclear early today if alcohol played a role in the deadly collision outside the Westfield Valencia Town Center mall at McBean Parkway and Valencia Boulevard about 9:50 p.m. Sunday, according to Lt. Tom Bryski of the sheriff's Santa Clarita Station.

The impact of the collision caused one of two vehicles to jump a curb and strike a crowd of pedestrians, Detective Jeff Maag said.

Matilde Garnica Juarez, 43, of Newhall, died on the spot, according to a coroner's spokesman.

One of her sons was airlifted to Childrens Hospital with a head injury described as critical, Bryski said.

Her two other children, 6 and 12 years old, suffered unspecified injuries described as non-life-threatening, as did four other pedestrians. All six went to Henry Mayo Memorial Hospital, Bryski said.

The names of the drivers were withheld.

Sheriff's detectives urged anyone who witnessed the crash to call the Santa Clarita Station at (661) 255-1121.

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