Granger woman faces charges

Appearing in District Court today

— A Granger woman is in Yakima County District Court in Grandview today on charges stemming from a crash injuring three children.

Sally A. Lairmore, 24, is charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless endangerment.

She was arrested after allegedly speeding and causing a one-vehicle crash March 22, the Washington State Patrol reported. Three children were with her in the 1999 Chevrolet Lumina at the time of the crash.

A 1-year-old boy, 2-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy, all of Granger, were injured, troopers said, declining to release their names.

They were transported to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, Lt. Kiley Conaway said. The children were released to family members after being treated. Lairmore was not injured.

Lairmore was eastbound on Interstate 82 at a high rate of speed March 22 when she crashed three miles east of Union Gap, troopers said.

Lairmore and the children were wearing seat belts, troopers said, noting the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Conaway could not confirm this morning if Lairmore is the children’s mother. He said the trooper’s crash report included a comment in which Lairmore, “…referred to her children.”

“At this time, I have no other information than that,” Conaway said. 

Norah West of the state Department of Social and Health Services said her agency is contacted when children are injured in the care of an individual driving under the influence.

When that happens, a number of factors are considered. West said children could be released to family or placed in foster care.

A safety plan may be developed or children may be placed in foster care, if that is in the best interest of the children.

“The primary concern is what is best for the children,” West said.



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