An Alton, Illinois woman was sentenced to 3 years in prison for driving her pickup truck into four children walking to school last year.
Accidents involving drinking and driving and children occur far too often all around the United States. In this case, Crystal Bourland pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated driving under the influence (DUI). Another count of DUI and an unrelated forgery charge were dropped. Bourland has a record of convictions dating back to 1988, including drug possession and prostitution.
Four children were injured when Bourland slammed into a group of kids while looking for her dropped cellphone. One boy suffered a head injury and compound fractures of both legs.
Bourland was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. She was taken to hospital where blood and urine samples were taken. As part of her plea, Bourland admitted she had been under the influence of cocaine at the time of the accident.