Around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, DPS Troopers responded to an accident with injuries on Carriage Hills Blvd., about one mile north of FM 1488 in Montgomery County.
When DPS arrived Needham Fire Department was on the scene and MCHD had just transported Esther Anderson, 39, who lives in Carriage Hills and her twenty month old daughter to the hospital.
Esther was taken to Memorial Hermann in the Woodlands in stable condition. Her daughter who suffered serious facial trauma was taken to Hermann Hospital in Houston.
According to a witness, Anderson was northbound on Carriage Hills Blvd. in a 2004 GMC Envoy. Her daughter was standing in front of her in the drivers seat.
As they rounded a slight curve in the road Anderson's SUV went into a sideways slide and struck a large pine tree. That tree crushed the passenger side of the vehicle in to where the center console was.
When rescue workers arrived, they discovered an open beer between Anderson's legs. She was in and out of consciousness and was not aware the child was with her.
The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Vehicular Crime Unit responded to the scene to assist DPS in the investigation. With the child’s serious injuries and the the fact that the open beer was between her legs, a mandatory blood draw was done.
Anderson was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands. Troopers plan to charge her with Intoxicated Assault with Serious Bodily Injury, and say that she has been booked into the county jail as of Wednesday evening.
While Troopers investigated the crash Anderson's husband, Robert, arrived at the scene to check on the condition of his wife.
He was placed in custody by DPS Troopers for an open Montgomery County warrant of Abandon/Endanger Child Criminal Negligence from earlier this year. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail on a $1,500 bond.
With heavy rains falling Troopers finished the investigation approximately 9 p.m. The vehicle was then taken to a lighted parking lot where several more open beer containers were found on the passenger floor board.
DPS Sgt. Fountain was able to stand in the impression from the tree on the passenger side of the SUV and not be seen from the front. Under the vehicle the frame was almost crushed together.
No child safety seat was found in the vehicle
According to her husband Esther had left earlier in the afternoon to get a birthday cake for their 9-year-old child. A cake was not found in the SUV.