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Cops: 2 Kids Hurt in Mom’s DWI Crash
A Wyandanch mom was allegedly driving drunk with her two children in the car when she crashed into a tree in Huntington Thursday night, Suffolk County police said.
The woman’s 7-year-old daughter, who was seated in the backseat with her 5-year-old brother, suffered a serious head injury in the crash, said police, adding that the boy sustained a minor head injury.
Laquita Brooks was charged under Leandra’s Law for aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child 15 years or younger. The 39-year-old was also charged with driving while intoxicated and endangering the welfare of a child.
Police said Brooks was driving a 1998 Mercury Mystique south on Dix Hills Road when she lost control and veered off the roadway, striking a signpost and a tree just before 11 p.m.
Police also noted that the children were not properly restrained in the backseat of the vehicle. The kids were transported to Huntington Hospital after the accident. Brooks’ daughter was later taken to Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park for further treatment, police said.
Brooks, who was held overnight at the Fourth Precinct, will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.
The investigation is continuing, police said. Detectives ask any witnesses to contact the Second Squad at 631-854-8252.