Officials in Hamilton Township say a woman was under the influence of drugs when she crashed her SUV into a pole and tree back in April; her two children were not properly in car seats at the time and one was seriously injured.

It was at about 3:00 on the afternoon of Monday, April 5th, when Hamilton Township Police say they responded to Weymouth Road for the report of a crash.

An investigation following the accident revealed 27-year-old Rachel Huff of Little Egg Harbor was driving northbound when a vehicle going the opposite direction entered her lane. Huff's reaction to avoid a collision caused her to cross the road; her vehicle left the highway and it struck a utility pole and tree before coming to a stop.

According to police, Huff was not wearing a seatbelt and she suffered serious injuries. Her two daughters, both in the back seat of the SUV, were not properly in their car seats. Huff's two-month-old daughter sustained a serious head injury and was flown to Cooper Hospital. Huff and her other daughter, who is two-years-old, were also taken to Cooper.

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Now, police say,

After a lengthy investigation, including a toxicology analysis of Huff’s blood, it was determined that she was operating under the influence of narcotics at the time of the crash. Huff was issued numerous motor vehicle summonses, including driving while suspended, unlicensed driver, failure to wear a seatbelt and two counts of having an improper child restraint system.

Huff has also been charged with both third-degree and fourth-degree Assault by Auto and fourth-degree Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License Causing Serious Bodily Injury.

The case remains under investigation.

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