COLUMBIA — A Columbia woman who was injured along with her 5-year-old son in a car accident in early August has been charged with two felonies in connection with the crash.
Elizabeth Klaus, 32, is charged with second-degree felony assault and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
The crash occurred on Aug. 8 on Route E, north of Columbia near Wilcox Road. Klaus was driving while intoxicated with her son in the vehicle when it went off the road, traveled more than 300 feet and landed in Rocky Fork Creek, said Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Kyle Green in the accident report. Her son, Lucas, was not in any kind of safety restraint in the back seat and was thrown from the vehicle, according to the Highway Patrol report.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri law requires children between ages 4 and 7 who weigh at least 40 pounds to be in a booster seat unless they weigh more than 80 pounds or are 4’ 9" tall or taller.
Klaus was unconscious when emergency personnel first arrived at the accident, said Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Doug Westhoff. When she regained consciousness she was resistant toward fire and medical personnel. According to the probable cause statement, she struck a firefighter twice and kicked another.
Klaus was taken by ambulance to the hospital and was treated for minor injuries. Her son was airlifted to University Hospital with serious injuries.