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Hingham woman took several medications before head-on crash

A Hingham woman who had taken several medications crashed head-on into a car Friday, causing serious injuries to the other driver, according to Hingham police. The woman had a three-year-old girl in the back seat, who was taken to the hospital.

Police arrested Marcia Blake, 54, of Hingham, who told police she had consumed multiple medications, including Oxycodone, Percocet, and Klonopin.

At 1:57 p.m., police received a call from a driver who said a vehicle headed south on Beal Street was “operating erratically,” Hingham police said in a statement. The caller said the driver of the vehicle had crossed over the center lane multiple times.

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The statement said the caller followed the driver as she headed south on Fort Hill Street, crossed the center line, and struck a vehicle head on in the lane of oncoming traffic. Blake’s car caught fire after the impact.

“She had slurred speech and pin point pupils,” the statement said of Blake. “Officers observed no signs of alcohol use and determined she was under the influence of drugs.”

Blake was injured and taken to the hospital, and her passenger, a 3-year-old girl from Hull did not appear to be injured but was taken to the South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. The child was examined and released to her mother at the hospital.

The driver of the other car, Charleen Phillips, 67, of Scituate, was also taken to South Shore Hospital for serious injuries.

Blake was charged on several counts including operating under the influence of drugs, second offense, operating under the influence of drugs causing serious bodily injury and reckless operation, child endangerment while operating under the influence, operating to endanger, and a marked lanes violation.

Blake is scheduled to be arraigned in Hingham District Court on Tuesday.

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