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Woman facing charges after prosecutors say what appeared to be a traffic accident in Santa Barbara County was intentional

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John Palminteri
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KCLU
Four people were hurt when a pickup truck plunged off of Highway 101 in Summerland December 7. Prosecutors now believe the driver crashed intentionally.

Elderly woman, three children hurt after pickup truck plunges 100 feet down embankment.

A woman is now facing assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, and child endangerment charges after prosecutors say she intentionally drove a pickup truck over an embankment in Santa Barbara County.

It happened December 7, in Summerland. A southbound truck veered off of Highway 101 and plunged 100 feet down an embankment, ending up feet from railroad tracks. Fortunately, an oncoming passenger train was able to stop before there was a collision.

An elderly woman, and three children who were passengers in the truck were injured.

Prosecutors believe the driver, Christina Wantanabe, was intentionally trying to crash the truck. The West Hills woman is being held at the Santa Barbara County Jail, with bail set at $2 million.