NEW IPSWICH, N.H. (CBS) – A 19-year-old New Ipswich woman was arrested Tuesday for her alleged role in a hit-and-run accident that nearly killed a mother and her 19-month-old toddler back in April.

Kaitlyn Blackler was driving when her car allegedly struck Crystal Hazelton while she was pushing her daughter’s stroller across the road on April 25. Police said Blackler’s car hit Hazelton on the left side, launching her 20 feet through the air.

Hazelton, who does not have health insurance, suffered from two slipped discs, a fractured vertebrae and a bruised hip. Her daughter’s stroller was mangled, but the child was unharmed.

Hazelton was able to provide police with a good description of the vehicle as it sped away. Last month, police were able to seize the vehicle, but until recently, the suspect was uncooperative.

“This was a very time consuming case. Because there were no witnesses other than the victim, and minimal physical evidence, the investigation required many interviews, search warrants for cell phone records and text messages. As a result probable cause was developed for the arrest of Ms. Blacker,” New Ipswich Police Department Chief Garrett Chamberlain said in a press release.

On Tuesday, Blackler turned herself into the New Ipswich Police Department, where she was processed and released.

She is being charged with conduct after an accident and is due in court on July 10.


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