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Mom Dies In Crash On Mother's Day With Her Kids In The Car

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A mother has died after a car crash on early Mother's Day morning while driving her two kids, who survived the crash.

The 31-year old woman from Mission Viejo was driving eastbound on Laguna Canyon Road early Sunday morning in Laguna Beach with her 5-year old son and 8-year old daughter in the car when the crash occurred. The car she was driving crashed into an SUV coming from the other direction near El Toro Road around 12:30 a.m., causing the SUV to spin out. The driver of the SUV, an 86-year old man, survived and was taken to the hospital but is listed in grave condition. The two children suffered minor injuries, but their mom later died at the hospital.

"When I received the call and heard that a mother had passed away and her kids were actually in the car, it's disheartening to think that on Mother's Day the two children are losing their mother," Sergeant Tim Kleiser of the Laguna Beach Police Department told ABC 7.

A passenger in the SUV, the wife of the 86-year old driver, was unhurt in the crash.

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Police say that alcohol was probably not a factor in the crash, but the cause of the crash remains under investigation.. "We're still trying to determine which of the two vehicles veered out of their own traffic lanes," said Captain Jason Kravetz of the Laguna Beach PD.