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A woman is facing charges including DUII and manslaughter for an Interstate 84 rollover crash that killed a 9-year-old girl and injured four other children.

The crash happened at 7:20 p.m. Thursday on the highway heading east near Exit 17. Police said the driver, Mattie Spino, 31, of Dallesport, WA, lost control of her SUV, hit the median and rolled over.

The SUV ended up on its top.

A 9-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene. The medical examiner identified her as Takesha Howtopat. A 7-year-old boy with serious injuries was flown to the hospital on a medical helicopter, but police said Friday the boy is now recovering.

Family members say Spino is the children's mother.

"It's just a sad situation," said Melissa Howtoput, the children's aunt. "I can't imagine what Mattie must feel right now."

One other adult and three other children were also in the car and taken to the hospital.

Investigators have not identified anyone else involved in the crash or revealed their relationship with each other.

Spino was arrested Friday morning and booked in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of manslaughter, assault, reckless endangering, reckless driving and DUII.

The crash remains under investigation.

Spino had a valid driver's license, which was reinstated on Nov. 4 after a two-year suspension, according to Wasco County court records.

Spino's license was suspended in 2011 after she pleaded guilty to failure to use seatbelts and driving uninsured.

Court records show she has been cited for several driving-related infractions in Oregon and Washington, including multiple citations for driving with a suspended license.

In 2005, Spino also pleaded guilty to endangering a child passenger and driving uninsured.

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