Police charge driver after head-on crash leaves child dead, 3 injured and newborn critical
State police have charged the driver they say caused a head-on crash Friday night near Newport that left a 6-year-old dead and four others injured, including a newborn baby.
Ariel Williams, a 19-year-old from Wilmington, has been charged with vehicular homicide, along with a number of additional felonies, including driving under the influence.
Police said a 29-year-old woman was driving east in the left lane of West Newport Pike at 8:54 p.m. Friday when her 2016 Toyota Corolla collided with a 2006 white Buick Rendezvous.
The Buick, driven by Williams, was heading west and crossed over into oncoming traffic, where it hit the Corolla head-on, according to police.
The Toyota, which had a 6-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy inside, rotated in a “clockwise direction” after impact, police said. It came to final rest in the left lane of Route 4, according to a news release.
The 29-year-old driver of the Toyota was eight months pregnant, police said, and she was taken to a local hospital, where the baby was delivered. They both are in critical condition, according to police.
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The 6-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy were also taken to a local hospital. The boy had non-life-threatening injuries, however, 6-year-old Milani Carrasco, who police identified Sunday, died at the hospital, according to a news release.
Police said Williams, the driver of the Buick was “properly restrained” and taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
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Williams, who was charged with vehicular homicide, reckless endangering, one count of first-degree vehicular assault, two counts of second-degree vehicular assault, driving under the influence of the combination of alcohol and any drug, failure to remain within a single lane and drive in the proper lane and direction, remains at Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on a $63,000 cash bond.
Troopers ask anyone who witnessed this crash to contact Sgt. J. Jefferson by calling 302-365-8484. Information may also be provided by sending a Private Facebook Message to the Delaware State Police or contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333.
Contact local reporter Cameron Goodnight at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling or texting 302-324-2208. Follow him on Twitter at @CamGoodnight.
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