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Woman Under Influence of Drugs Causes Rollover Crash with 5-Year-Old in Back Seat


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According to KATU, a woman high on drugs with her five-year-old child in the back seat caused a two-car crash, causing the other vehicle to flip over in Woodland, Washington, on Monday.

Driver Faces Several Charges, Including DUI

Heather Kinsfather, 33, was traveling at speeds in excess of 90 mph on Interstate 5 when the car crash occurred. With her 5-year-old child in the back seat, Kinsfather sideswiped a vehicle near a weigh station north of Ridgefield before taking off again. Officials say Kinsfather then struck a pickup truck in the rear, causing the truck to roll over into the median.

The woman inside the pickup truck was helped out of her vehicle by good Samaritans, reports KATU. The 40-year-old was later transported to the hospital for treatment before being released. The five-year-old child sustained a head injury in the crash and was taken to the hospital.

According to KATU, a drug recognition expert conducted sobriety tests on Kinsfather. Initial indications show that she was likely high on meth at the time of the crash. She has been charged with vehicular assault, DUI, child endangerment, and hit and run. Officials released Kinsfather but informed her that she could be jailed if convicted.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 35,092 people died in motor vehicle wrecks on U.S. roadways in 2015.
    • This is an increase of 7.2 percent from 2014 – the largest increase in nearly 50 years.
  • An estimated 2.44 million people suffered injuries in motor vehicle accidents in 2015.
    • 105,000 more people sustained injuries in crashes in 2015 compared to 2014.
  • Fatal multiple-vehicle crashes increased by 11.2 percent from 2014.

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