CLARKSBURG, Calif. -- Two young children were killed late Friday morning when their mother lost control of her car and slammed into a tree, splitting the Honda Civic in two.
A toddler, a boy, was found in the rear portion of the car, still strapped into a child seat. His brother, believed to be 5, was strapped in the right front passenger seat.
The two sections of the vehicle came to rest about 40 feet apart at the edge of an onion field along Jefferson Boulevard just south of Central Avenue.
Their mother was moderately injured and was alert when first responders arrived, according to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian Goldhammer, but may have been unaware that her two boys were killed.
Goldhammer said the Civic was southbound on Jefferson when it drifted across the northbound lane and hit the tree. He said it appeared the driver made no effort to stop.
Relatives of the woman said she was driving her husband's car and was either going to or coming from the hospital with one of the children.
Witnesses taking a lunch break in a neighboring farm field told the CHP no other vehicles were involved.
Goldhammer said drugs or alcohol were not believed to be a factor.
The family is believed to be from the Clarksburg area.