Pontiac — A 3-year-old girl who suffered serious injuries in an apparent drunken driving crash has been declared brain dead, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Department.

Tabatha Brown was pronounced dead by doctors at Beaumont Hospital at approximately 11 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the sheriff's department, crash reconstruction investigators will be meeting with the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office to review the case regarding possible additional or amended charges for the suspect, who has been identified as Pontiac resident Iesha Barnes.

Tabatha suffered critical injuries in the crash on Friday, which also injured her 23-year-old mother, 16-year-old uncle and 2-year-old cousin.

According to police, the mother was driving to St. Joseph Hospital to visit her grandmother, who had taken care of the Waterford family for the last decade.

Around 7:08 p.m., the family's 1999 Pontiac Montana was allegedly struck by Barnes while attempting to make a right turn onto Woodward from westbound South Boulevard.

Police say Barnes was intoxicated when she drove her 2001 Chevrolet Blazer through a red traffic signal and struck the family.

Witnesses told police the Blazer ran the red light and the driver made a quick turn to the left and T-boned the Montana, which was stopped, waiting to make the turn.

The force of the impact pushed the Blazer back into a 2006 Dodge Magnum. That driver was uninjured.

The driver of the Montana and her daughter were taken to St. Joseph. The 16-year-old was transferred from St. Joseph to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital. All were listed in critical condition after the crash.

Barnes also was taken to St. Joseph, listed in stable condition. Police said a preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.156. The legal limit in Michigan for for operating under the influence of alcohol in a motor vehicle is 0.08.

Barnes was arraigned Monday in the 50th District Court on three counts of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, a five-year felony. Bond was set at $500,000, no 10 percent.

A page has been set up for the family, raising more than $5,875 in two days, for help with medical bills, a car for the family and car seats for the children.

"Tabatha has gained her angel wings," according to the page. "She went to heaven yesterday to live with her grandma that she was named after. She was a smart, silly, sassy little girl who loved her family especially her parents, baby brother and her cousin Jr. She has always been a princess but now she is a hero as she is giving the gift of life to others. We now need money to properly say goodbye so please continue to bless us with your generosity and kind thoughts and prayers."

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