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Mother indicted for crash with baby
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A mother has been indicted for a crash that left her and her child injured.
The mother, Carly Blankenship, 23, has been indicted on charges of reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and not wearing a seatbelt.
According to Highway Patrolman Gary Myers, the wreck happened as Blankenship was traveling north on Crisp Springs 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 wrapping 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.