Mother of 2 young children critically injured in St. Paul hit-and-run


A mother of two young daughters is in critical condition after being critically injured in a hit-and-run earlier this week.

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Around 7:30 p.m. Monday, a car ran a stop sign and hit Sophia Bouwens' car, pushing it through a retaining wall and into a house, the Pioneer Press reports.

Emergency crews had to use the Jaws of Life to extract her from the vehicle, the newspaper notes.

Bouwens, 26, of St. Paul, was taken to Regions Hospital with a head trauma, police told the newspaper. Her GoFundMe page says she suffered multiple facial fractures, two jaw fractures and a skull/spine fracture.

Doctors say it will be several months to a year before she is back to normal, the page notes, and she'll require multiple surgeries, which means she'll be out of work for "an indefinite amount of time," the page adds.

Family and friends are hoping to raise $30,000 via the GoFundMe page to help with the family's living expenses, childcare and medical bills their insurance doesn't cover.

People can also donate meals, or money for meals, to the family. Find out more information here.

1 woman arrested

Witnesses of the crash told police three people – two men and a woman – got out of the car that hit Bouwens' and left the scene, the Pioneer Press says.

Surveillance video captured the crash, which shows the three people getting out of the car and running up the street, KSTP reports.

Police arrested a woman Monday night who they believe was behind the wheel at the time of the crash, reports say. Police say there was an odor of alcohol on her.

She was released Wednesday because she wasn't charged by the deadline set by state law, the Pioneer Press reported Wednesday afternoon. Officials are still analyzing evidence before presenting the case to Ramsey County prosecutors, the newspaper notes.

Officials have also identified the two male passengers, but they were not arrested.

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