An Oxford girl remains in critical condition at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center following a dreadful two-car accident on Route 188, Quaker Farms Road, Wednesday afternoon.
The child, Lily Brooks, suffered an incapacitating neck injury and was transported to Waterbury Hospital by Oxford ambulance crews following the 12:25 p.m. crash, which occurred one-tenth of a mile from the intersection of Hogs Back Road and Quaker Farms Road, near Christ Church Quaker Farms. Brooks was then airlifted by Life Star helicopter to the children’s hospital in Hartford.
The girl’s mother, Amy (Williams) Brooks, 32, of 350 Quaker Farms Road, was driving a Subaru Outback in the northbound lane of Route 188 when a Ford F550 traveling in the opposite direction suddenly crossed the center median into her lane, according to a police report. The cars collided head-on and the force of the impact pushed both vehicles to the side of the northbound lane, where they finally came to a rest. Airbags deployed in both cars.
Emergency crews responded and discovered that no extrication was needed.
Brooks had her other child in the vehicle – a 1-year-old boy named Sebastian. He had a possible injury, the police report said. Both children were strapped into car seats in the back of the vehicle, according to the police report. Amy Brooks had lacerations on her legs, the report said.
The driver of the F550, Garrett Baker, 29, of 84 Deering Lane, Waterbury, sustained abrasions on his neck. His passenger, Nicole Bahr, 28, of the same address, sustained injuries to both arms.
Police said they are investigating whether the man had been under the influence of OxyContin pills, or other prescription painkillers, at the time of the accident.
Meanwhile, community members are offering their prayers, love and support for those involved. See how Christ Church Quaker Farms is helping out.