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Woman charged with murder in deadly crash pleads not guilty

Posted at 10:48 AM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 18:36:51-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A woman, who is accused of being under the influence while driving, has been charged with murder in a crash that killed a 10-year-old girl.

According to authorities, Sequoyah Collins, 24, told police she had two alcoholic drinks 90 minutes before the crash. Witnesses told police that Collins was speeding and ran a red light before hitting another car that was carrying six people.

Collins was traveling around 85 MPH during the time of the collision, according to court documents. When arrested at the scene, Collins had a blood alcohol content level of .211, according to court documents.

The crash happened at the intersection of Tates Creek Road and Lansdowne Drive, where the posted speed limit is 45 MPH.

Alexia Gomez Hernandez, 10, was killed in the crash. Two other passengers suffered serious injuries, while the other two passengers suffered minor injuries.

On Tuesday, Collins was charged with murder in connection to the crash. In addition to murder, she has been charged with two counts of assault in the first degree and two counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree.

Police said that Collins was initially charged with driving under the influence.

Collins was arraigned Wednesday through a video arraignment. She pleaded not guilty.

Her bond is set at $500,000 full cash for the murder charge. The judge upheld that amount in court today.

Collins is due back in court on September 10 at 8:30 a.m.