Police charged a woman with crashing the minivan she was driving into the living room of her West Raleigh apartment and with leaving four young children unattended in the apartment.
Jaleesa Simone Long, 28, of 1147 Clanton St. was charged with misdemeanor child abuse as well as reckless driving and failure to comply with a restriction on her driver’s permit, according to police spokesman Jim Sughrue. Her learner’s permit required that she have a licensed driver in the minivan with her.
Police say Long got behind the wheel of a 2011 Dodge minivan and started to back out of a parking space across the street from her apartment just after 10:15 p.m. Monday. Long told police she got her foot on the wrong pedal when she intended to stop and that the minivan accelerated backward, hurtled over a curb, hit a no parking sign, rolled down a small hill and crashed through a brick wall into Long’s living room, according to an accident report released Tuesday.
Police say the children – two girls ages 5 and 4, and two boys, 3 and 8 months – were slightly injured by debris from the crash. Emergency workers transported them to WakeMed for evaluation, according to the accident report.
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Police did not release the names of the children or say if they are related to Long.
The van was going an estimated 15 mph when it hit the apartment, according to the accident report. Police said Long did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.