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Woman accused in DUI crash that killed girl, 10, charged with murder

Collins also charged with assault, wanton endangerment
Posted at 6:43 AM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 15:21:24-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A woman accused of being under the influence when she caused a crash in Lexington last July that killed a 10-year-old girl is now facing a murder charge.

Authorities say 24-year-old Sequoyah Collins told police she had two alcoholic drinks about 90 minutes before the crash. Witnesses told police Collins was speeding and ran a red light before hitting another car that carried six people.

Alexia Gomez Hernandez, 10, was killed in the crash.

On Tuesday, Collins was charged with murder in connection to the crash. In addition to murder, she is charged with two counts of assault 1st and two counts of wanton endangerment 1st, with those charges stemming from the occupants injured in the crash.

Police say that Collins was initially charged with Driving Under the Influence, and during the investigation, the Reconstruction Unit determined that Collins had been driving at speeds of 80 miles per hour with an "extreme level of alcohol intoxication."