The police investigation into the crash took a weird turn when the woman admitted to police that she intentionally sped down the road and through the intersections at about 120 mph, from KTLA 5:

The woman told police that she intentionally drove at the high speed and through the red light to “test her faith with God,” according to the report.

She told police she’s been going through some “trials and tribulations” and was recently fired from her job.

The woman said she “let go and let God take the wheel,” the police report said, adding that she believed she did the right thing.


Weirdly, crashes where people just let go of the wheel happen more often than you’d probably expect. In 2020, a Pennsylvania woman rammed a Kia Optima into a car as a “test of faith,” reports the Mercury News. In 2018, a Tennessee man rolled his truck five times after letting go of the wheel, reports Miami Herald.

The woman and her child were treated for minor injuries at the hospital. She faces charges of felony assault, endangering a child and driving under license suspension.