Mom Was High in Crash That Hurt 3 Young Daughters: Police

Friday, Dec 27, 2013  |  Updated 9:12 PM EDT
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Mom Was High in Crash That Hurt 3 Girls: Police

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An Orange County mother who crashed her SUV down a hill and into a utility pole Thursday, causing serious injuries to two of her three daughters inside the vehicle, was driving while high, police say.

Additionally, none of the girls, ages 4, 6 and 7, were wearing seatbelts or secured in child safety seats, authorities said.

Police say 27-year-old Heather Linguanti crashed her 2003 Dodge Durango into a utility pole outside a supermarket parking lot on Tower Driver in Wallkill at about 8 p.m. Her two daughters in the back suffered serious head injuries and were flown to Westchester County Medical Center. 

Linguanti and a third daughter sitting in the front of the vehicle were taken by ambulance to Orange Regional Medical Center for evaluation.

Investigators determined that Linguanti was driving under the influence of narcotics. She was arrested and charged Friday with felony DWI, misdemeanor child endangerment and other traffic violations.

She was in Orange County Jail and could not be reached for comment. It's not clear if she has an attorney. 

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