TEXAS CITY — A 7-year-old child was taken by air transport to the University of Texas Medical Branch with critical injuries Wednesday after being ejected from a SUV on state Highway 146.

Preliminary reports indicate a 2001 Ford Expedition was heading north on the highway shortly before 5 p.m. when the vehicle veered off the road and hit some gravel on the shoulder of the roadway, according to Texas City Police Capt. Brian Goetschius. The driver attempted to maneuver the SUV back on the pavement and braked, causing the vehicle to flip twice and land in the grassy median of the roadway.

Three adults and three children, ages 1, 2 and 7, were in the car, police said. When police arrived on the scene, they found debris from inside the car on the ground. Two car seats were in the vehicle.

Witnesses said at least one adult appeared to be tossing beer cans from the windows of the vehicle, Goetschius said. Police recovered beer cans from the scene. The driver of the car, a woman, appeared intoxicated, the Goetschius said, and was examined for signs of she was drinking alcohol.

Police were still collecting information on the passengers at press time, Goetschius said.

Police closed all northbound lanes of Highway 146 to conduct an investigation. The lanes were closed until about 6:45 p.m.

No other injuries were reported in the one-car crash. Police were still conducting their investigation Wednesday evening, and no charges have been filed.

(4) comments

J. Shaffer

So let's see. Driving drunk. Open container. Driving drunk WITH your kids in the car. Failing to make sure your kids are belted in properly. Did I miss anything?

Mother of the Year material, for sure.

Lars Faltskog

Terrible story to read. You would think there would be at least one relative who would put such an irresponsible parent aside and say, "Honey, you're not equipped to take care of these children. You need help." Take their keys. Have them stay at your house supervised while you drive the children home.

One of the most loving things one can do is to file a report about his/her sick relative like this one to CPS. Before that, call the sheriff so that they can follow the degenerate one day while he/she is driving intoxicated. Sick relative can be arrested and children taken away at least to foster care.

Kevin Lang

More stupid than the mother driving drunk are the two other ADULTS in the car with her. I wonder how drunk they might have been, too. My evaluation is that that the 3 adults combined have less maturity than either of the children.

Richard Worth

I've got no problem bringing back public flogging for these idiots.

Hopefully none of them are related to a County official...[wink]

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