A women who was driving home after drinking a bottle of vodka hit a 3 year-old girl, her grandmother, and her great-grandmother. The women did not bother to stop until someone informed her there was a stroller being dragged under her car.
The toddler and the two women were crossing a street in Queens when they were hit Saturday, August 4. Mia Tetelman, the toddler, has broken ribs and bruising to her lungs; authorities said she was in critical condition on Sunday. The grandmother, Aviva Govoshovitz, suffered from bruises and cuts, and the great-grandmother, Frida Shein, received a broken rib and a black eye.
The driver, Susan E. Karnabe, did not return to the scene of the crime even after she learned that she had hit three people and had the stroller removed from under her car. Karnabe went home, which is where police eventually tracked her down.
She admitted to having drank a bottle of vodka before she got into her car. When police tested her blood alcohol level they found that it was above the legal limit and tested at 0.094.
Karnabe told police she started drinking at 2 p.m. Saturday and downed a bottle of vodka, prosecutors said. She said that as she drove home from her son’s house she hit something and heard people screaming, then noticed damage to her car when she got home at 3 p.m., they said.
Karnabe was held on Sunday for charges of drunken driving, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child, and leaving the scene of the crime.
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