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Woman Facing Multiple Felony Charges

Authorities say a Madera woman was under the influence of methamphetamine when her vehicle left the roadway in September, crashing and killing a 2-year-old girl.

According to state police, 55-year-old Jacqueline Lidgett has been charged with multiple felonies including involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of children, homicide by vehicle while DUI and aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI.

Troopers say the one-vehicle crash happened Sept. 21 near the area of 475 Banion Road in Bigler Township, Clearfield County.

Troopers say they arrived on scene just after 5 p.m. and identified Lidgett as the driver.

They say the toddler, who was a passenger, was pronounced dead on scene.

Troopers say they interviewed Lidgett the next day and she claimed the only thing she remembered was swerving to miss something on the roadway.

State police say photos taken from security cameras showed Lidgett’s vehicle shortly before the crash with the driver appearing slumped over the steering wheel and the vehicle over the fog line.

Investigators say they contacted UPMC Altoona, where Lidgett was treated, and asked them to save the medical blood that was taken from her when she arrived there after the crash.

Troopers say they obtained Lidgett’s blood and a toxicology report in Dec. which confirmed the presence of methamphetamine.

They say a urine test taken after the crash also tested positive for methamphetamine.

Bail information for Lidgett was not immediately available.

She has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 3.

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