An unlicensed Port Chester woman is in a medically induced coma after driving drunk the wrong way up Westchester Avenue with her 4-year-old son in the backseat and colliding with a minivan. Leticia Chavez, 40, had taken a wrong turn and drove east in the westbound lanes of the avenue for about 100 feet on Sunday evening, and crashed into a Dodge Caravan. Chavez has a broken neck and back, and a broken leg that may be amputated, while her son suffered a broken leg. Detective Sgt. Edward Lucas said there were two bottles of alcohol in the car, one empty and one just opened.
Police say Chavez smelled of alcohol and are awaiting blood test results, but was arraigned in her hospital bed and charged with driving while intoxicated with a child, three counts of second-degree vehicular assault and one of child endangerment, and unlicensed operation. The ICE is also reviewing her immigration status, as the only form of identification she has is her Mexican passport.
The occupants of the minivan suffered only minor bruises, but Lucas said of the damage to Chavez's car, "I've never seen the tire go through the floor." The crash comes almost exactly a year after a woman drove drunk the wrong way down the Taconic Parkway, killing herself and seven others.