- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 5, 2005


A D.C. woman who drove a car carrying 10 children head-on into a parked firetruck Sunday was charged last night with aggravated assault while armed, police said.

Investigators said Tandra Vaughn, 31, will face additional traffic charges once blood test results come back.

“You look at it as the vehicle being used as the weapon,” Officer Quentin Peterson, a D.C. police spokesman, said in explaining the charge. “Because she injured the people in the vehicle, that’s the charge.”

Police said Miss Vaughn crashed head-on into the firetruck after passing another firetruck in the 1300 block of Congress Street SE.

None of the children was wearing a seat belt or in a child-safety seat. Under D.C. law, all children younger than 8 must use safety seats.

Police had said a $50 fine might be imposed for riding without a fastened seat belt.

Miss Vaughn, a mother of seven, and the 10 children were taken to hospitals. The children’s ages range from 2 to 12.

Miss Vaughn of Wheeler Road SE was in good condition yesterday. One child, Eric Vaughn, 2, remained in serious condition last night.

Police said yesterday that they continued to investigate the accident.

Police examined wreckage and hospital records to determine what speed Miss Vaughn’s 1993 Nissan Altima was traveling, where it had been and where it was going when the accident occurred.

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