A 29-year-old Montrose woman was drunk when she crashed her car Wednesday evening (Nov. 18) in Rush Twp., killing her 4-year-old daughter, state police at Gibson said.
Paige Lynn Scully, of 5435 state Route 367, faces charges including homicide by vehicle while DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, recklessly endangering another person, endangering the welfare of children and other related counts, Trooper Keith Herbert wrote in a criminal complaint.
At about 10 p.m., troopers rushed to the 5900 block of Route 367 in Rush Twp. after a report of a crash. While on the way there, Herbert got word that a 4-year-old girl suffered serious injuries in the crash and was flown to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
The girl, who was identified only by her initials, died of her injuries at the hospital.
At the scene, Scully smelled of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test. She consented to a blood draw and was charged with DUI at the general impairment level while the test results are pending.
State police said Scully had her daughter in her Nissan Altima while driving south from a bar on Route 367. She lost control and crashed, state police said.
“Based upon my collective training, experience and observations, I determined that (Scully) was impaired by alcohol to a degree which rendered her incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle,” Herbert wrote in an affidavit supporting the charges.
Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey L. Hollister arraigned Scully on Thursday morning and jailed her at the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Dec. 7.