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Impaired mom caused crash with 18-wheeler that killed her 4-year-old daughter, cops say

Authorities in Alabama say a 4-year-old girl is dead after a crash police say was caused by her mother driving while under the influence.

According to WSFA, 44-year-old Tresia Lynn Chrystler was driving on Eufaula Avenue in Eufaula on January 11 when she crashed into a big rig near the intersection of Meadow Drive.

Police and emergency personnel arrived at the scene and found the girl, identified as Josie Crystler, inside the 2011 Toyota Camry her mother was driving.

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Tresia Chrystler was allegedly impaired when she rear-ended the truck, causing injuries that would lead to her daughter’s death.

Reports indicate Josie Chrystler was transported via air ambulance to an area hospital, according to WTVM. She was reportedly pronounced dead on January 19 at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham from injuries sustained in the crash.

As of the latest reports available, the mother had been arrested and booked into Eufaula City Jail ahead of a scheduled court hearing to set her bond amount.

Eufaula Police Chief Steve Watkins said she is expected to face criminal charges including manslaughter, driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana in the second degree, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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[Featured image: Tresia Lynn Crystler, handout]