Moses Lake A Moses Lake woman is facing vehicular assault charges after allegedly causing a head-on collision while texting as she was driving.
Emily Hernandez-Stepney, 27, was seriously injured Thursday evening along with her 4-year-old son, two other teens and the other driver.
The crash closed Highway 17 for a while starting about 6:50 p.m. one mile south of Moses Lake, said the Washington State Patrol.
Hernandez-Stepney was headed north on Highway 17 in a 1995 Chevy Tahoe when she lost control and crossed the centerline hitting a 1996 Chevy Suburban driven by Crystal Ann Robledo, 37, of Moses Lake.
The WSP said Hernandez-Stepney admitted at the scene to texting on her cell phone while driving.
Hernandez-Stepney was flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane with a broken wrist and possible internal and head injuries.
Noel D. Stepney, 4, suffered face cuts, a broken wrist and leg and chemical burns from a bleach bottle that broke inside the car. He was taken to Sacred Heart along with another passenger Natalie C. Silva, 13, who also broke her leg.
In the Suburban, Robledo suffered neck, back and shoulder injuries and was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake. Her passenger, Aleecia M. Robledo, 12, had a broken foot and face cuts and was flown to Sacred Heart.
Everyone was wearing a seat belt.