Lisette Gonzalez Avakian, a 35-year-old North Hollywood woman was jailed Wednesday after she allegedly flipped her vehicle while driving under the influence, then fled the scene leaving her 4-year-old child still trapped inside the car.
According to police, Avakian was driving drunk around 2:00 a.m. when she reportedly hit two parked cars and then flipped her vehicle upside down.
Witnesses who heard the crash came to Avakian’s aid, however, she managed to exit the vehicle on her own and fled the scene leaving her injured child behind. The child didn’t appear to have been placed in a car seat prior to the accident.
Investigators say Avakian was found about a block away from the accident. She was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for injuries before being placed under arrest. Avakian’s child was also treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Officers initially thought there may have been another child involved in the crash because there was an infant car seat at the accident scene. Detectives searched a number of possible addresses found in the vehicle and eventually located Avakian’s two other children (ages 1 and 3 months old) at Avakian’s apartment. Child service took all three children into protective custody
Avakian was booked into jail and charged with driving while intoxicated and child endangerment. Her bail has been set at $100,000.