Bay Shore, NY - December 26, 2015 - Suffolk County Police have arrested a woman for driving while intoxicated with two young children in her vehicle, following a motor vehicle crash that seriously injured her niece.
Latanya Mowatt was operating a 2004 Nissan Maxima southbound on Brookdale Avenue when she apparently lost control of the vehicle, and struck a utility pole and two unoccupied parked vehicles. Her vehicle then overturned and her six-year-old niece was ejected. Mowatt and her two passengers were transported by ambulance to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. Mowatt and her 8-year-old daughter suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The 6-year-old suffered serious internal injuries.
Mowatt, 25, of Deer Park, was arrested and charged with DWI, Aggravated DWI (Leandra’s Law) and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
The vehicle was impounded for a safety check. The investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Third Squad detectives at 631-854-8352.
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