Photos courtesy of Hingham Police
A Scituate resident was seriously injured in a head-on car crash in Hingham on Friday after a Hingham woman allegedly drove into the wrong lane.
According to police, a motorist called police at 1:57 p.m. on Friday afternoon to report that a Chrysler Sebring was “all over the road”.
The car was headed south on Beal Street, the caller said, and had crossed over the center line several times.
The caller followed the car as it drove down Fort Hill Street headed south, police said.
While officers were responding, the car crossed over the center line and struck another vehicle head on in the oncoming lane.
After impact, the front of the Chrysler caught fire. Witnesses, including two off duty Hull firefighters who were driving by, stopped to help.
Hull Fire Paramedic David Buckley helped the driver out of the vehicle, and Hull Fire EMT Brian Claffey removed a child who was in the backseat.
Although the second vehicle, a 2000 Nissan Maxima, was not on fire, witnesses also removed that driver due to its proximity to the flaming car.
Officers soon arrived and Hingham Fire Department personnel extinguished the Chrysler fire.
Both drivers had been seat belted and both front air bags had deployed, however the driver of the Nissan, 67-year-old Charleen Phillips, of Scituate, was seriously injured.
She was taken to South Shore Hospital, where she was admitted. She was the only passenger in the car.
The driver of the Chrysler admitted to having taken several medications before driving, including Oxycodone, Percocet, and Klonopin.
According to police, the suspect had slurred speech and small pupils, and determined that she was under the influence of drugs.
She was also injured and transported by ambulance to South Shore Hospital.
The child, a three-year-old from Hull, was properly secured in a child safety seat in the back seat. The child did not appear to be injured but was transported by ambulance to South Shore Hospital.
The suspect was allegedly babysitting the child, who is a relative. According to police, the child was examined and released to her mother at the hospital.
After being treated and released fro the hospital, police arrested 54-year-old Marcia Blake, from Hingham.
Blake was charged with operating under the influence – second offense, operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury and reckless operation, child endangerment while operating under the influence, operating to endanger, and a marked lane violation.
Blake was allegedly arrested on a previous OUI – alcohol offense in Hanover in 1999.
According to police, the Clerk Magistrate at Hingham District Court released the suspect on personal recognizance pending arraignment on Jan. 22.
Officers filed a request for an immediate threat for a license suspension. A report was also filed with the Department of Children and Families on behalf of the child.