COLUMBIA – Police suspect alcohol use played a role in a car crash Friday evening that left a teenager in critical condition.
Police responded at 6:42 p.m. to a crash between a southbound black 1999 Mitsubishi Diamante and a northbound 1997 Pontiac Bonneville on Stadium Boulevard, according to Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jessie Haden. The crash took place as the Pontiac turned left across Stadium Boulevard toward the entrance ramp of westbound Interstate 70.
In total, five people were transported by ambulance and another by personal vehicle to University Hospital.
One passenger of the Pontiac, an 18-year-old woman from Phoenix, suffered life-threatening injuries, according to Columbia Police Sgt. John Gordon. She remained in intensive care at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The Mitsubishi's driver, Sondra David, 44, of Columbia, was transported to University Hospital along with her 14-year-old son riding in the front seat, police said. A 14-year-old girl in the back seat was picked up by her mother.
The Pontiac's driver, Denise Roberts, 18, of Bartlett, Ill., was also transported to the hospital along with her two passengers, Timmeka Pruitt, 20, of Kansas City, Mo., and the woman from Phoenix.
The crash remains under investigation.
Additional reporting by Lauryn Stallings.