Mother charged with DWI and manslaughter after crashing vehicle with 8 children in car
Posted on October 31st, 2009 by Zane Cagle
A 31-year-old woman from New York was charged last week for driving while intoxicated, manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, and assault after crashing her car with eight children inside. The crash killed an 11-year-old girl. The tragic evening started with the defendant drinking cognac at a birthday party before loading up the children, including her own two children, in her station wagon for a sleepover. The father of her son, who was only 14 months, tried to stop her from driving and ended up pulling the boy from the vehicle. When the defendant lost control of her vehicle, she was driving nearly 20 miles per hour over the speed limit. Five of the children were not wearing seat belts, and three of the children were in the back of the station wagon where there weren’t any seats. The young girl who died was one of the three girls in the back, who were all ejected onto the shoulder of the highway when the car crashed. One other girl remains in the hospital with serious injuries. The victim’s father said the maximum punishment for the defendant’s crimes is not enough, and he blames the other parents at the party for allowing her to drive. Although the driver is not expected to be arraigned until mid-November, she will likely face civil actions from the parents of the girl killed in the accident, and the other children who were injured.
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