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Update: Driver in crash that injured six children, charged with DUI

Posted: June 5, 2017 - 1:25pm  |  Updated: June 5, 2017 - 4:34pm
A photo from the GoFundMe page shows the mangled car after a crash that injured six children and the driver in Martinez Friday. Two of the children remain in critical condition. SPECIAL
A photo from the GoFundMe page shows the mangled car after a crash that injured six children and the driver in Martinez Friday. Two of the children remain in critical condition. SPECIAL

More than $6,000, of a $200,000 goal, has been raised in support of two sisters who are in critical condition following a car crash on Belair Road Friday.

Arwen Bargeron, 11 and her sister Violet Bargeron, 6, remain unconscious with severe injuries, according to the GoFundMe account set up for the family, called "Arwen and Violet's Journey."

According to the page, established by family friend, Jaime Nairn, Arwen has sustained injuries to her brain, though the severity of the injuries will not be known until she wakes up. Arwen also suffered a broken sternum, ribs and finger and a laceration to her liver "seems to be healing," the page stated.

Injuries Violet sustained include a deep laceration to her liver, which the page said was healing without the need for surgery so far. The page also states that damage was done to Violet's spinal cord, and doctors confirmed Monday morning that she has lost the use of her legs. The 6-year-old also suffered several fractured ribs, clavicle, sternum and wrist.

The girls' brother, Matthew Bargeron, 10, also sustained a cut to the forehead down to his skull that was several inches long and also suffered fractures to his pelvic bone. Matthew was released from the hospital and is recovering, according to the GoFundMe Page.

Nairn said that Arwen and Violet's conditions will be updated on the GoFundMe site as the girls recover, though a long recovery process is expected.

The other three children involved in the crash, that are not related to the Bargeron's include Madeline Elliott, 11; Jeremiah Elliott, 11; and Preston McConnell; 11.

All were initially transported to the hospital, according to previous reports, however only Violet and Arwen remain hospitalized.

Police said Monday that charges are still pending against Tara McConnell, 46, of Martinez who was driving the Honda Accord, with the children, none of which were wearing safety restraints or in car seats. Police say McConnell failed to yield while turning into a gas station Friday at the intersection of Belair and Columbia Roads.

First responders had to remove McConnell and the children with extrication equipment after the car was struck on the passenger side by a pickup truck. The driver of that vehicle was not injured.

A prayer vigil is planned for all six children involved in the crash Monday night at Martinez Elementary School beginning at 7 p.m.

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