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Woman charged in West Brighton crash

 Woman charged in West Brighton crash that seriously injured her 2 child passengers

An accident near the corner of Bard Avenue and Henderson Avenue on Saturday night has left two children in serious condition. (Staten Island Advance/Vincent Barone)

By Zak Koeske | Staten Island Advance
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on July 07, 2014 at 9:41 AM, updated July 07, 2014 at 9:58 AM

WEST BRIGHTON — A New Brighton woman who was transporting two toddlers in her backseat when she allegedly crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed her car Saturday night in West Brighton faces multiple charges, police said.

Nilea Garris, 22, was driving her 2008 Honda Accord eastbound on Henderson Avenue at a rate well above the speed limit when she crossed the double yellow line and smashed into a westbound vehicle at the corner of Henderson and Bard avenues just before 7:30 p.m., an NYPD spokesman said.

The two young boys who were riding unsecured in Ms. Garris’ backseat were seriously injured in the crash, he said. It wasn’t clear whether they were her children.

The boys — both 1-year-olds, according to police — were taken to Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton, in “very serious” condition, but were upgraded to stable condition by late Saturday night, according to police.

In addition to the children, three adults suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries in the crash and were treated at Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze, an FDNY spokesman said.

Ms. Garris, a Henderson Avenue resident, was arrested late Saturday evening and charged with two misdemeanors — acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17 and reckless driving, an NYPD spokesman said.

Stuart DiMartini is a New York City personal injury lawyer and car accident attorney.
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