Woman awaits penalty after St. Clair crash involving two children

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After admitting at the scene of a head -on collision that severely injured another woman that she shouldn't have been behind the wheel, a 31 year-old woman has pled guilty to impaired driving charges.

Christina Bell was travelling north on the St. Clair Parkway the evening of Aug. 30, 2019. Her grey 2010 Chevy Equinox aroused suspicion from a fellow motorist when waited at a green light.

After a honk from the man, Bell, with her nine year-old daughter in the SUV, took off swerving through the intersection. The man followed as Bell passed north through Corunna when she suddenly entered the opposite traffic lane and collided head-on with a truck.

Both Bell’s SUV and the Ford F-150 driven by the woman she hit were severely damaged. A woman and her seven month-old grandson were in the truck. Tthe infant was unharmed, the woman suffered three broken vertebrae, a neck fracture, and numerous bruises all over her body. She continues with physiotherapy for her injuries.

Bell’s daughter was also unharmed, and removed from the wrecked SUV by people on the scene. OPP officers arrived and found Bell “barefoot and hysterical,” with cuts to her arms, hands and legs.

Police also noticed several signs of alcohol impairment, including red glossy eyes, slurred speech, unsteadiness, and a strong odor of alcohol. “I probably shouldn’t have been driving,” Bell said at the scene.

Bell, who needed help walking to the police cruiser, was arrested for drunk driving. At the Corunna OPP station she registered a blood alcohol reading of .169, more than double the legal limit.

Following Bell’s guilty plea Mar. 15, Justice Anne McFadyen adjourned the case to May 10 while a pre-sentence report is prepared.

Alex Kurial, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Independent