Mother, daughter injured in DUI-related accident fight to recover

By Stephanie Grimes | Posted - Mar 26th, 2013 @ 10:51am

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SALEM &#8212 A 7-year-old girl critically injured Thursday in a DUI-related accident remained in the intensive care unit Wednesday, but was said to be recovering.

Presley Dyches suffered broken ribs and internal bleeding when the driver of a Chevy van hit her mother's Nissan sedan head-on. Presley's mother, Lindsay Dyches, was taking her daughter to school when the accident happened. Her daughter was excited about a playdate she had planned for the next day.

Instead, Presley ended up in the hospital. Her friends and classmates gathered at her playdate's house to make "Get Well Soon" cards for the girl, who was injured, it was later found, by an apparently drunk driver.

Aaron Moorman, 33, had crossed into the wrong lane of traffic on SR198 on Thursday morning. Police said they believe he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Records show Moorman has a history of intoxicated driving.

"It breaks my heart," said Jen Southwick, a friend of Lindsay's. "I think especially that early in the morning, you think, ‘Oh, I'm just going to take my kids to school real quick.' It's not on your mind that you have to watch out for drunk drivers. I think it's unfortunate that an entire family and community now suffers because someone was irresponsible."

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