A Bergen County mother was nearly four times the legal limit when her
speeding car knocked down two utility poles and flipped over with her
8-year-old son inside, Sparta Police said.
Anna K. Phillips, 26,
of East Rutherford, has been charged with second-degree endangering the
welfare of a child, fourth-degree aggravated assault by auto, DWI,
reckless driving and other moving violations.
The vehicle swerved to the right and knocked down two utility poles,
which fell across the entire roadway, Beebe said. The vehicle
overturned, slammed into a tree and came to rest at a 45-degree angle
with the nose of the car embedded in the ground, Beebe said.
The victims, who were both wearing seat belts, were entrapped and suspended upside down in their seats, according to Beebe.
Andover Township Police Officer George Loudis and Sparta Officer Daniel
Elig cut the boy loose and carried him away from the crash, Beebe said.
The Sparta Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to extricate the boy's
The victims were transported by the Sparta First Aid
Squad to Mohawk Avenue where they were flown in separate helicopters to
Morristown Medical Center.
The boy has been released from the hospital and placed in the custody of a family member, Beebe said.
Phillips was charged and released after posting 10 percent of her $500,000 bail.