Woman, baby rescued after police say car ran stop sign, crashed into parked SUV in Lake Murray

Crash occurred on Jackson Drive

SAN DIEGO - A woman and her baby were rescued from a burning car after a crash in Lake Murray on Monday.

The crash occurred near Jackson Drive at Cowles Mountain Boulevard just before 7 p.m.

"I heard a screeching, and then I heard another screech and crash," said witness Lacy Lawrence. "As soon as I heard that, I came running out."

According to police, the car smashed into a parked car after the driver, the baby's mother, ran a stop sign. Police say the driver may have been drinking. The car then burst into flames.

"Saw the car and noticed smoke … I came running down," said Lawrence, who was shopping for homes in the area and was less than a block away when she saw the car catch fire.

She helped the baby out, who appears to be fine thanks to the car seat. Then, she helped the driver while the flames grew in the engine.

"I've been a nurse for four years now," said Lawrence. "Seeing that … seeing someone in need ... it's just an instinct to act."

There were concerns that the driver may be pregnant. She told Lawrence she was not pregnant but had just had another child. Her condition is unknown.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt. It is unclear if she will face charges.

Police say they are handling this as a criminal investigation for now.

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