The 17-year driver whose Jeep Wrangler crashed May 27 into a a telephone pole, seriously injuring a fellow Fairfield Warde High School student, has been charged with reckless driving.

The girl, whose name was not released by police because of her age, also was charged with violating passenger restrictions. She was released on a promise to appear Aug. 11 in juvenile court.

Police said she turned herself in at police headquarters last Friday.

Her passenger, Lee Faiga, 19, of Fairland Drive, was in critical condition following the accident, and initially was in a coma at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Her condition has since improved.

Her mother, Rachel Faiga, said this week: “Lee has made progress, but we are a long way away from knowing the eventual outcome. She still has major injuries that need to be addressed, but we are pleased with her progress and extremely pleased with the care she is receiving in the brain rehab facility.

“We would like to thank all the wonderful people who have shown up for her. From the amazing first responders, police, fire, ambulance, and air vac team who saved her life, to all the doctors, nurses, aides and caregivers in the hospitals,” she added.

“… And of course, the outpouring of love that has kept us all going from the community. Thank you, all.”

The two Fairfield Warde High School students left school around 11:15 a.m. May 27, and were on Knapps Highway when, according to police, excessive speed caused the driver to lose control of the Jeep. She failed to negotiate a curve and hit the curb, before slamming into a utility pole and snapping it in half.

Newly licensed teen drivers in Connecticut are restricted in terms of passengers they can have while behind the wheel. For the first six months, they are allowed to drive only with a parent or guardian, a licensed driving instructor, or someone providing instruction who is over the age of 20. The second six months expands the allowed passengers to immediate family.

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