A lead-footed mother has been given probation for a wreck that left both her and her 3-month-old daughter injured when she left the road and hit a tree while speeding.
The mother, Carly Blankenship, 24, entered guilty pleas to charges of reckless endangerment with a vehicle and was granted an 11-month, 29-day probationary sentence by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley. She will also be required to perform 24 hours public service work, pay $50 plus costs and attend safe driving school. Charges of felony assault and reckless driving were dismissed as part of her plea bargain.
According to Highway Patrolman Gary Myers, the wreck happened as Blankenship was traveling north on Crisp Springs Road and lost control while traveling at high speeds. Her vehicle went 400 feet out of control before running into a culvert. The car then went airborne before it struck a stone pillar, a fence, and two trees. The car wrapped itself around the second tree on its passenger side.
The mother was ejected through the front windshield while the baby, who was restrained in a child seat, remained in the vehicle and suffered only superficial injuries. Blankenship was treated at River Park Hospital along with her 3-month-old daughter.
The force of impact sprayed the contents of the car into the tree it hit, including a stroller which was thrown out and caught by the upper branches.
Investigators say speed was a factor in the crash.