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Mother accused of DWI with kids in car

May 19, 2010 2:17:19 PM PDT
She may not have felt it when they took her mug shot, but 34-year-old Christina Kelly is a very lucky mom. Lucky, because when she drove her Range Rover into a tree and some power poles yesterday, her two children survived relatively unscathed. "I opened the door of my parents house and i heard screaming," said Susan Falkowski.

Falkowski was steps away, and rushed to help. When she arrived, Millstone road was a mess. And Kelly's two daughters, ages 6 and 2 were bleeding.

"They were screaming, screaming, we tried to calm them down and we got her belongings out of the car for her," said Falkowski. She adds, "She just kept saying she wanted to go home, she goes I just want to go home and go to bed."

At the scene, cops say Kelly refused a breathalyzer and failed a field sobriety test.

They've charged her with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a newly enhanced crime, aimed at drunk drivers with kids in the car. The law, named for Leandra Rosado who died when her friend's mom flipped a car on Manhattan's west side highway last year.

In the small series of villages that make up the town of Southampton, Kelly is the sixth person to be charged under Leandra's law, in less than six months since the Governor signed it.

At her arraignment, Kelly paid $5,000 cash bail. Her parents took custody of her kids, and she returned to her sprawling Sag Harbor home where when Eyewitness News arrived, she called police, in hopes they would move us from a public street.

Kelly has also been charged with two counts of endangering the life of a child.


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