SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– A seven-year-old girl remains in critical condition after she and two others were hit by a car Monday evening, while the driver of that car is facing drunk driving charges.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that 48-year-old Sandra Zemtsova was driving the Chevy Malibu that struck the girl, her 38 year-old mother, and her 8 year-old cousin as they crossed State Street, leaving the Springfield Central Library at around 5:30. According to Delaney, an eyewitness who was at a nearby bus stop at the time said he saw the three walk into the middle of the westbound lane, slow down, and then continued walking before they were struck by Zemtsova’s car as she headed down the hill.
All three victims were taken by ambulance to the ER at Baystate Medical Center, where the youngest victim remains in critical condition. The other two victims are improving, and are now in stable condition.
Zemtsova was arrested on three counts of operating under the influence of liquor resulting in serious bodily injury, and one count of negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
A portion of State Street was closed near the accident site from about 5:30 Monday evening until after 11 P.M. State Street is now open to all traffic.