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Head-on crash caused by Moses Lake driver texting

MOSES LAKE -- A Moses Lake woman is facing vehicular assault charges after allegedly causing a head-on collision while texting as she was driving.

Emily Hernandez-Stepney, 27, was seriously injured Thursday evening along with her 4-year-old son, two teens and the other driver.

The crash temporarily closed Highway 17 one mile south of Moses Lake beginning at about 6:50 p.m., said the Washington State Patrol.

Hernandez-Stepney was driving north on Highway 17 in a 1995 Chevy Tahoe when she lost control and crossed the centerline, hitting a 1996 Chevy Suburban driven by Crystal Ann Robledo, 37, of Moses Lake.

The state patrol said Hernandez-Stepney admitted texting on her cell phone while driving.

She was flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane with a broken wrist and possible internal and head injuries.

Noel D. Stepney, 4, suffered face cuts, a broken wrist and leg and chemical burns from a bleach bottle that broke inside the car. He was taken to Sacred Heart along with another passenger, Natalie C. Silva, 13, who broke her leg.

In the Suburban, Robledo suffered neck, back and shoulder injuries and was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake. Her passenger, Aleecia M. Robledo, 12, had a broken foot and facial cuts and was flown to Sacred Heart.

All were listed in satisfactory condition, a hospital spokesman said Friday.

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