SOUTHINGTON — A Waterbury woman faces charges after police said she struck a tree while driving on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike in May. Three children were injured, including a two-year-old that suffered life-threatening injuries.
Alimatu Ahmed, 32, of 3250 E. Main St. Apt. 21, Waterbury, is charged with three counts of risk of injury to a minor, traveling too fast for conditions, two counts of failure to transport a child between 2 to 5 years with proper restraint, one count of failure to transport a child between 6 to 8 years with proper restraint and failure to maintain lane.
Ahmed appeared in Bristol Superior Court on Aug. 28. Her case was continued to Oct. 12.
On May 25, a van Ahmed was driving struck a tree about 4:30 p.m. near 2344 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike. Ahmed, another adult and four children were in the van, according to Ahmed’s arrest warrant. A nine-year-old was in the front passenger seat, a seven-year-old and five-year old were in a row seat, and a man was holding a two-year-old on his lap in another row seat.
All six occupants of the van were taken either to Saint Mary’s Hospital or Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for evaluation. The two-year-old, who suffered life-threatening injuries, was airlifted to CCMC, the warrant said.
Ahmed told police she was driving and noticed the brakes were not slowing the vehicle as she went down the hill, the warrant said. She said she swerved off the road to avoid hitting other vehicles at a red light, and hit the tree.
A mechanic inspection of the brakes found they were functional, with about 50 per cent wear life left, the warrant said. Ahmed’s medical records showed she did not have alcohol or drugs in her system at the time of the crash, the warrant said.
The two-year-old’s injuries included multiple rib fractures, a fractured arm, laceration of the liver, injuries to a lung, the warrant said.