2 children critically injured in head-on crash, driver faces DUI charges

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OGDEN, Utah – A woman is facing multiple felony charges relating to a crash that critically injured two young children Friday.

The wrong-way crash occurred around 11:35 a.m. on 300 West and 21st Street in Ogden when a vehicle collided head on with another car, and two females, ages 5 and 6, were taken to a hospital in critical condition.

An adult female and an infant who were in the vehicle with the injured children did not suffer injuries.

According to a press release from the Ogden Police Department, 59-year-old Lauretta Jensen was driving against traffic and faces two counts of DUI causing seriously bodily injury as third-degree felonies, two counts of class A DUI resulting in bodily injury, operating the wrong way against traffic and class B drug charges.

The press release issued Saturday stated the two children remained in critical condition at Primary Children’s Hospital.

The release stated Jensen’s, “preliminary blood alcohol content was greater than three times the legal limit of 0.08.”

FOX 13 News will have more information as it becomes available.

7 comments

  • EmmJae

    Please try not to focus on the sensationalism of this story, and remember that there are two little girls fighting for their lives. We need to get our family through this, one of the girls is my niece the other is her best friend. Their Moms are best friends too, these girls do everything together..and now they are two rooms apart in Primary Children’s ICU. Please help us make sure that their Mom’s and Dad’s can stay by their sides through every step of this process..we need these girls, they are the light of our lives. Nobody deserves this kind of pain..but two little girls, so innocent and fragile..THEY NEED US!!
    PLEASE HELP US HEAL TAE AND SKY..http://www.gofundme.com/fz5ipc

  • Bob

    A lady is drunk out of her mind, is on drugs, and is driving the wrong way. Nothing unusual about this story. It happens over 40,000 times each and every year. Our society has decided to accept this loss, and our judges oblige.

    • EmmJae

      Bob..instead of spewing your negativity, please read my comment. Three full days later, both girls are still in critical condition. One is undergoing a terrifying surgery today, please be positive and pay for our families. While I agree with your sentiment that this happens regularly, lying down and accepting it is YOUR CHOICE. Are you not part of society as a whole!? I refuse to “accept this loss”! If you’re really bothered by it, not only should you also refuse to accept it..you should STAND and FIGHT.

      • Bob

        Our society does tolerate this kind of behavior. If we didn’t we’d pass laws making the penalty for a first time DUI a year in jail mandatory. Lauretta Jensen will make bail, hire a lawyer, play the game, and accept a slap on the wrist. Why should she be treated differently than any of the countless thousands before her, or the countless thousands in the future?

    • EmmJae

      Again..all you’re saying is that you agree with society as a whole, rather than holding an opinion of your own AND DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

  • Bob

    For every Lauretta Jensen who kills or injures someone there are 20 or 30 more just like her who manage weave their way home. It is a profitable business for the lawyers who make their living defending drunk drivers. No reason to believe the society we live in wants to do anything about it.

    • EmmJae

      She has two state appointed attorneys. While they are getting paid to do their jobs, she isn’t getting a high dollar private legal defender. Again, I ask you to reconsider your position..are you one of the people that avoids that car, or calls it in as a potential and serious threat to your community? It was 11:30 in the morning..and again, I plead- pray for the girls and our families, this woman will get what she deserves.

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