A Florida grandmother was arrested Monday, Nov. 4, and faced several charges after she caused a crash that killed her 10-month-old granddaughter, troopers said.
According to Florida Highway Patrol, 50-year-old Helen Mention, from Hillsborough County, was driving drunk, with her 10-month old granddaughter Harlem Mention on her lap, when she crashed into a guardrail on Friday, Oct. 25 at 9 a.m., WTSP reported.
Troopers said she lost control of her car after slamming into a guardrail. According to the news release, she was trying to get onto westbound I-4 from Mango Road.
Both Mention and her granddaughter were injured and transported to Tampa General Hospital. The baby died a few days later on Oct. 28, according to FHP.
The grandmother’s blood-alcohol level was at least .225 at the time of the crash, FHP said. That’s nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08.
Mention was charged with DUI manslaughter, aggravated manslaughter of a child, careless driving, and a violation of Florida’s child restraint law.