CONNEAUT - - Charges may be filed against a Conneaut woman who was at the wheel of a car containing eight children - - some sitting on the laps of others - - which collided with another vehicle Saturday afternoon.

Police have recommended a charge of child endangering against the 29-year-old Harbor Street resident, according to a report. The city's law department was reviewing the report Monday afternoon, a spokeswoman said.

At least one small child suffered a cut to her nose during the crash, which occurred at 3:20 p.m. in front of 528 State St. Other children were examined by rescue personnel dispatched to the scene and later were taken to UH-Conneaut Medical Center as a precaution, police said.

The woman's westbound sedan, a 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, was following a sport utility vehicle and collided with the SUV while attempting to pass on the right, police said. The vehicles collided when the SUV began a right-hand turn into a driveway, officers said.

The woman told police she thought the vehicle was turning left and had no turn signal activated. The SUV driver disagreed and told officers his right-turn signal was blinking, officers said.

Police at the scene quickly learned eight children were in the sedan. A 17-year-old boy in the front passenger seat said a 7-year-old was seated on his lap, officers said. A 14-year-old boy in a rear window seat held two 5-year-old kids on his lap, including the injured child, police said.

Also in the back seat were an 11-year-old girl, a 4-year-old wearing a seat belt and a 2-year-old strapped into a booster seat, officers said.

- - MARK TODD - Staff Writer

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