Intoxicated Mother in Staten Island Accident Claims She Wasn’t the Driver
Posted on Dec 19, 2009
A Staten Island accident involving a single car and an alleged intoxicated mother leaves two children injured. The incident took place at approximately 11:15 PM on Wednesday morning, December 9, 2009 on South Avenue.
According to officials, the mother, Jennifer Rivas, 25, of Mariner’s Harbor, lost control off her Nissan Maxima and slammed into a storage container off of South Avenue. Rivas, her 2-year-old daughter and her 6-year-old son, were injured in the accident. However, the injuries were not considered to be serious.
According to police, the force of the impact made it difficult for rescue workers to extract the family. However, the 6-year-old boy did manage to crawl out of the rear passenger window, which could only be opened a few inches. The boy was spotted walking around the storage facility seeking help.
Prosecutors have charged Rives with driving under the influence, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. However, her attorney claims that she was not the one driving when the incident took place. Her attorney claims that she was asleep when the crash happened and that the driver fled the scene. However, she did admit to having Apple Martinis. She could not remember how many.
The Staten Island accident is still under investigation by local authorities.