Police say 39-year-old Laquita Brooks was driving a 1998 Mercury Mystique southbound on Dix Hills Road just before 11 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle 200 feet south of Dellwood Drive, left the roadway, struck a signpost and hit a tree. In court papers, Brooks admitted she was on her cell phone at the time.
Her daughter sustained a serious head injury and her son a minor one.
Both children, who were in the backseat and were not wearing proper child restraints, were taken to Huntington Hospital. After being treated there, the girl was transported to Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park for further care.
The unemployed Brooks, of Wyandanch, was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child 15 years or younger (Leandra's Law), one count of DWI and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
She was held $2,500 bond, and the judge allowed her to keep kids.