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Judge refuses to lower bail for woman charged with fatal DUI

Posted at 2:10 PM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 17:31:30-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)  — The mother of a 10-year-old girl killed in an alleged drunk driving crash broke down in tears as the woman accused in the crash appeared in court.

Sequoyah Collins is accused in the fatal crash that killed 10-year-old Alexia Gomez Hernandez. Police say Collins, 25, was under the influence of alcohol and driving more than 80 mph when she ran a red light and hit another vehicle, according to witnesses. Reports say that Collins' blood-alcohol content level four hours after the crash was .211. A blood test also confirmed that she had traces of cocaine in her system, police said.

She is facing charges of murder, two counts of first-degree assault, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Collins' bail had been previously set at $150K. It was lowered once before and despite a request from her attorney to lower it once again, the judge maintained the previously set amount.

Emotions hit a high when the mother of Gomez Hernandez had an emotional outburst during the proceedings. She was escorted from the courtroom.

Collins will be back in court next month.