FORT WAYNE – Celestia Walters was driving along Winchester Road with her granddaughter in September when an oncoming car swerved into her lane.
The two collided head-on, and Walters was left pinned in her minivan with fractured vertebrae and other injuries.
Her granddaughter suffered minor injuries and was released the same day from the hospital.
The driver of the other car, identified as Susan F. Putt, 41, now faces several felony charges in that crash.
When emergency responders got to Putt’s car, she was flailing around so much that her legs made it above the steering wheel and onto the dashboard, according to police and emergency responder accounts.
Her eyes were rolled back, and police and medics had to forcibly restrain her on the stretcher, despite being injured so severely that she was listed in critical condition later that day, a probable cause affidavit said.
Police searched her car for her identification and found what appeared to be drug paraphernalia.
After Putt made it to the hospital, staff there found a plastic container with several rock-like items in it hidden between her buttocks, the affidavit said.
In addition to the rocks testing positive for cocaine, a blood draw showed Putt had the drug in her system, the report said.
A witness to the crash told police Putt’s car nearly hit him as she drove along the center line of the road.
He looked in his rear-view mirror just as Putt slammed head-on into Walters’ minivan.
In addition to the broken vertebrae, Walters was left with a broken ankle, a deep cut to her left leg and several minor cuts, the affidavit said.
Putt, of the 5800 block of Meadows Drive, is charged with paraphernalia possession, cocaine possession, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and two counts of criminal recklessness, all felonies.
A warrant was issued for her arrest, but she was not in custody Thursday, according to Allen County Lockup.