A woman and her six-year-old son were injured Saturday morning when their car collided with a cable barrier on Grand Parkway.
At about 2:40 a.m., deputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a car fire on Grand Parkway near FM 2920.
Arriving units located a woman, who has been identified as 28-year-old Erika Long, and her son injured outside of their burning vehicle.
The woman suffered some burns and was transported via Life Flight to Memorial Hermann hospital Downtown in stable condition while her son, who sustained severe burns, was flown via Lifeflight to UTMB in Galveston in critical condition.
Overnight, Erika Long (28) made the decision to get behind the wheel possibly intoxicated. She drove off the roadway at the 7200 blk of SH 99, struck the center divider, causing the car to ignite in flames. Her 6-yr old male passenger sustained major burns and is in critical— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) August 29, 2020
Deputies said the woman had been driving eastbound on Grand Parkway in a Honda Fit when she failed to maintain lanes and crashed into a cable barrier. The vehicle ignited following the crash.
The woman was charged with intoxication assault, said Sean Teare, of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
Authorities said Long was previously charged with DWI with a child passenger and child endangerment.