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Child injured in crash

A 3-year-old Modesto girl is in the hospital with major injuries after being ejected from a car driven by her mother, who is in jail on suspicion of drunken driving, authorities said.

California Highway Patrol investigators said the girl was not properly restrained.

According to CHP investigators, the accident happened Sunday near Snelling around 6:30 p.m. off Merced Falls Road east of La Grange Road. The driver, Stephanie Palomares, 21, of Modesto, lost control of her 2003 Mitsubishi Gallant, according to Shane Ferriera, CHP spokesman.

Palomares' daughter, Angelina Santillian, was flown to the University of California Medical Center in Sacramento, Ferriera said.

A man in the passenger seat of the car, John Juarez, 28, of Modesto, was pinned inside the vehicle and was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto with major injuries. Palomares, who was not injured, was arrested and taken to the Merced County Jail, where she remains in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Palomares submitted to a breath test, Ferriera said, adding that her blood-alcohol level was above the 0.08 percent legal limit. Witnesses told investigators that Palomares was driving about 80 mph in a 55-mph zone before the accident, authorities said.

Palomares was booked on suspicion of felony DUI, felony child endangerment and driving on a suspended license.

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