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Repeat drunk driver injures family of 6

One child left with fractured skull
February 10, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A drunk driving repeat offender is facing new charges following a head-on collision with a minivan in Lake Forest.Nelson Guaderrama Mercado was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI Friday night, according to Orange County Sheriff Lt. Dan Dwyer.

Mercado was denied bail and will remain locked up until his arraignment.

The vehicular incident produced numerous injuries to the various members riding in the minivan.

Of the family of six, a toddler was critically injured, as was a 5-year-old passenger who suffered a fractured skull and two broken legs.

Mercado was driving southbound in a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck when he drifted into the northbound lane, striking the family's 1996 Ford minivan.

The victims' names are being withheld.


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