The suspect Amy M. Bernstein was arrested
State police say a 39-year-old woman sped away from a two-vehicle crash on Route 30 in Unity early Wednesday while carrying her toddler. Eventually, police tracked down Amy M. Bernstein of Hagerstown, Maryland, and she was convicted for aggravated assault while driving under the influence, as well as child endangerment and many traffic infractions.
Police say Bernstein was speeding east on Route 30 when she ran a red light at the intersection of Route 981 and hit a northbound vehicle. After the incident, authorities say Bernstein removed her two-year-old kid from his car seat and fled the scene. According to authorities, Charles Ashbaugh, the driver of the other vehicle, was critically injured and is now in critical condition.
The dash cam video presented by a witness corroborated Ashbaugh’s claim that Bernstein crossed a red light and caused the crash, according to Clark. In order to receive treatment for his multiple wounds, Ashbaugh was transported by medical helicopter to the UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh. According to the paperwork filed in the case, the police discovered Bernstein “hiding” with her child in the parking lot of the neighboring Springhill Suites hotel, which is around a quarter-mile away.
The toddler was sent to a hospital nearby as a precautionary measure.
Bernstein allegedly exhibited symptoms of intoxication, performed poorly on numerous field sobriety tests at the site, and “was arrested at the spot for suspicion of DUI,” according to the police.
The court dockets indicate that Bernstein was arraigned and then released on a $25,000 unsecured bond pending a preliminary hearing that will take place on June 20. Bernstein could not be reached for comment, and the court filings did not indicate a counsel for him to represent him.