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Town of Tonawanda woman pleads guilty to drug influence in head-on crash

LOCKPORT – A Town of Tonawanda woman admitted in State Supreme Court Monday that she was under the influence of drugs when she triggered a crash in North Tonawanda last year that seriously injured two persons in another vehicle.

Jacqueline S. Zemszal, 39, of Dexter Terrace, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree vehicular assault and one count of driving while impaired by drugs. Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said he could send Zemszal to prison for as long as four years when she returns to court June 28.

Zemszal's car crossed the center line on Niagara Falls Boulevard in North Tonawanda shortly after 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and smashed into an oncoming car driven by Robin L. Roberts of Niagara Falls.

Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner said Roberts suffered two broken legs, a fractured hip, a collapsed lung and other injuries. Roberts' boyfriend, Matthew Hickok, suffered a broken arm and a gash under his eye that left a permanent scar. Roberts' 10-year-old daughter suffered minor injuries. After impact, police said Zemszal's car then spun into a vehicle belonging to Customs and Border Protection, whose driver was unhurt.

Zemszal, who also was injured, tested positive for morphine, Xanax and Suboxone after the crash.

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