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Florissant woman was drunk in crash that seriously injured young girls, charges allege

A 10-year-old girl was killed in this August 2017 crash in Belleville.
A 10-year-old girl was killed in this August 2017 crash in Belleville. kjohnson@bnd.com

A Florissant woman was drunk when she collided with another car in a Belleville crash that seriously injured a 10- and 11-year-old girl, charges allege.

Spenser Bolden, 27, was driving on North Belt West in Belleville on Aug. 26, 2017, when she allegedly collided with a Denali SUV carrying five people, including the two young girls. The five people in the SUV were transported to Memorial Hospital by ambulance with severe head, neck and facial injuries, and Bolden was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital with serious injuries.

Bolden was trapped in her car after the crash, and it took firefighters about five minutes to free her.

Bolden was charged Monday with aggravated driving under the influence and aggravated DUI causing an accident or death. If convicted, she faces one to 12 years in prison. She had not yet been taken into custody as of Tuesday night. She has no prior criminal history in St. Clair County or in Missouri.

This story initially reported that the 10-year-old victim in the crash had died, however, she was just severely injured. The BND regrets its error.



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