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Columbia Woman Arrested for DUI after Accident with Son in SUV

On behalf of Brown & Crouppen, P.C. posted in Motor Vehicle Accident on Thursday, August 11, 2011

A 32-year-old woman is facing a charge of driving under the influence after she was involved in a single-vehicle accident early in the evening of Aug. 8. The accident injured both the suspected drunk driver and her young son, who apparently was not properly restrained when the accident occurred.

Around 5:45 p.m. on Aug. 8, the woman was driving her Ford Escape on Route E in Columbia, Missouri. When the SUV neared the intersection with Wilcox Road, the woman somehow lost control of the vehicle and it veered off the road toward the nearby Rocky Fork Creek, a Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman said. The SUV sped out of control for more than 300 feet before becoming airborne and leaping across the creek, the trooper said, and landing on the far bank.

The violent landing appeared to eject the driver’s son, 5, out of the SUV. Rescue workers found him lying next to the vehicle. He had suffered serious injuries in the accident, and was airlifted to University Hospital, where he was listed in good condition as of Aug. 9. His mother, who had suffered minor injuries, was also taken to the hospital after being arrested for DUI and second-degree assault. She was treated and released from the hospital, after which she surrendered to authorities at the Boone County Jail. After posting $9,000 bond, she was released.

Missouri state law requires children who are between ages 4 to 7, 40 to 80 pounds or less than 4 feet 9 inches tall to use a booster seat, the Missouri Department of Transportation’s web site reports.

Source: Columbia Missourian, “UPDATE: Woman arrested following car accident with son,” Blake Ursch and Jonas Weir, Aug. 9, 2011

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