Cops: DWI charges for mom after crash injures 2 kids

A Wyandanch mother was arrested on drunken driving and child endangerment charges after a car accident Thursday night in Huntington that left her two young children with head injuries, police said. Videojournalist: Jim Staubitser (Dec. 27, 2013)

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A Wyandanch woman was arraigned Friday on drunken driving and child endangerment charges after crashing her car in Huntington the night before and injuring her two young children, police said.

Laquita Brooks, 39, was driving a 1998 Mercury Mystique about 10:50 p.m. south on Dix Hills Road, 200 feet south of Dellwood Drive, when she veered off the road, striking a signpost and a tree, according to Suffolk police.

Neither of the children, who were in the backseat, were properly restrained, police said.

Brooks' 7-year-old daughter had a serious head injury; her 5-year-old son had a minor head injury, police said.

The children were taken to Huntington Hospital. The girl was later transferred to Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park.

Brooks was charged under Leandra's Law with one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child 15 years or younger, one count of driving while intoxicated and two counts of child endangerment, police said.

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She was released on $2,500 bond following arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip, a court spokesman said.

Huntington Manor Fire Chief Fred Steenson said about 16 firefighters and two ambulances from the Huntington Community First Aid Squad responded to the wreck -- on a front lawn about 10 feet from a house.

The children were conscious when first responders arrived, Steenson said.

"It was sad. She was in such shock that she was barely crying," he said of the daughter. "Thank God they are still alive."

The crash investigation is ongoing. Second Squad detectives urge anyone who may have witnessed the accident to call them at 631-854-8252.

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