A Massachusetts mother charged in a car accident that killed her son has been charged with reckless endangerment of a child and motor vehicle manslaughter. The woman will now face several additional criminal charges. Authorities say the accident killed her 3-year-old son and injured two more of her children when she crashed into parked cars after speeding away from the scene of a hit and run accident. The children, ages seven, five, and three were apparently not properly restrained which could result in further criminal charges. Her fourth child was not in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

The fatal car accident is said to have occurred after the mother hit a delivery truck and sped off in an attempt to evade police. Police say that she hit the parked cars at a high rate of speed after crossing a lane of traffic. The 7-year-old and 3-year-old were trapped inside the vehicle immediately following the crash. Both were extricated by emergency personnel. The 7-year-old is still in critical condition at a local hospital.

The driver of the delivery truck apparently claims they had both pulled over following the initial crash to exchange paperwork, but the woman then sped off. The police reports state she was traveling at 70 mph leading up to the impact of the second crash. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor.

The family will now be facing many emotional and financial challenges. In addition to the obvious tragedy, it will be necessary to make important decisions regarding a legal defense for the mother, as she still faces criminal charges and is being held in a local Massachusetts jail. While the description of the accident provided by authorities is severe, this individual has the same legal rights as anyone else accused of a crime in our state. As the prosecution prepares to present its case, the accused woman will likely want to explore her options to defend against the accusations or seek a plea arrangement on the most favorable terms attainable.

Source: boston.com, “3-year-old boy killed in Worcester accident,” Jacqueline Reis and Scott J., March 12, 2013