- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. (AP) - State police say a 19-year-old woman driving a car that crashed in the Hudson Valley, killing four passengers, had been charged a week earlier with child endangerment related to smoking marijuana.

Police say Meredith McSpirit of Kingston failed to make a turn Wednesday morning in Saugerties and crashed. Four male passengers died and McSpirit was hospitalized. All had just finished shifts at a local horse show venue.

Police said it’s too early to say if the crash was related to human error, criminality or mechanical problems.

A week earlier, troopers say McSpirit left her 2-month-old daughter with her 17-year-old sister after the two young women smoked a marijuana cigarette together. Responding to a 911 call about a baby screaming, state police say they found Sara-Anne McSpirit disoriented.

The women were charged with child endangerment and released for future court appearances.

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