SOUTHINGTON - A Waterbury woman is facing felony charges after crashing into a tree in May, leaving two people, including a 2-year-old, with life-threatening injuries.
Alimatu Ahmed, 32, driving a 2000 Chrysler Grand Voyager east on May 25, left the roadway and struck a tree in the area of 2344 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, according to the warrant for her arrest. Police allege speed was the main contributing factor in the crash and that three children in the vehicle should have had a special restraint or booster seat. Ahmed, police wrote in the document, was not under the influence of any substances.
During the crash, a 2-year-old girl, who was sitting in the backseat, on Ahmed’s husband’s lap, suffered injuries to her liver, lungs and kidneys, a broken arm and several rib fractures, the warrant said. She also suffered a concussion and lost consciousness. The girl had to be intubated and was airlifted to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, in Hartford, where she was placed in the intensive care unit, listed in critical condition. She was released from the hospital on June 2.
The husband, police wrote in the warrant, also sustained serious, life-threatening injuries, although the specifics of them are not included in the document. He was bleeding “profusely” from the head when first responders arrived at the crash, the warrant said. He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, in Waterbury, for treatment.
Three other children in the vehicle, ages 9, 7 and 5, suffered what police described as minor injuries. One of them sustained a concussion. They were all taken to St. Mary’s. The 9-year-old was sitting in the front seat, while the 7- and 5-year olds were sharing a seat in the second row of the minivan.
Ahmed also suffered minor injuries and was taken to St. Mary’s, according to police.
When police spoke to Ahmed about the accident, she said her brakes did not appear to be working properly when she was driving downhill prior to the crash, the warrant said. When she approached a red light, she told police, she couldn’t stop, so she drove off the road to avoid striking anyone, according to the warrant.
Investigators said the Grand Voyager was inspected after the crash and found to have had no mechanical defects that would have caused the crash. Police said they believe speed was the primary contributing factor to the accident.
Ahmed, who was charged in the crash after about a two-month investigation, faces three counts of risk of injury to a minor, two counts of transporting a child between 5 and 8 without a proper restraint, and one count each of transporting a child between 2 and 5 without the proper restraint, traveling too fast for conditions and failure to drive in the proper lane.
She is free on a $5,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Oct. 12.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.