A 31-year-old Westbury woman was arrested and charged with drunken driving under Leandra's Law after she crashed her 2010 Mercedes Benz into a parked tow truck Sunday night in Roosevelt with her two children, aged 4 and 3, in the car, police said.
Nassau County police said the crash occurred just before 9:30 p.m. on Babylon Turnpike and Cumberland Avenue, and that responding officers found the driver, Sheila Jadick, holding her 4-year-old daughter, who was bleeding from a laceration to the forehead, while her 3-year-old son stood beside her. Both children where transported to a local hospital for treatment, then released to a family member, police said.
Police said an investigation determined Jadick was intoxicated, and she was arrested just after 10 p.m. and charged with two counts of DWI under Leandra's Law, one count of DWI and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. She faces arraignment Monday in First District Court in Hempstead.
Leandra's Law is named for 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed Oct. 11, 2009, in a crash on the Henry Hudson Parkway. Authorities said Rosado was one of seven children attending a sleepover when the car she was in, driven by Carmen Huertas, overturned — killing her and injuring the other six children. Huertas later pled guilty to all charges.
The law, enacted that November, makes it a felony, even on first offense, to drive drunk with a child under age 16 in the vehicle.