Woman accused in crash that killed girl, 10, appears in court

Posted at 5:48 AM, Jul 08, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Lexington woman accused of causing a crash early Friday morning that killed a 10-year-old girl appeared in court Monday.

Police charged 24-year-old Sequoyah Danielle Collins with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol after the deadly crash that occurred about 3 a.m. near the intersection of Tates Creek Road and Lansdowne Drive.

Witness told police they saw Collins speeding and running a red light before striking another vehicle that had six people inside, including four children.

All six occupants of the struck vehicle were taken to the hospital, and 10-year-old Alexia Gomez Hernandez later was pronounced dead from her injuries.

Another child, Diego, was in critical condition at the University of Kentucky Medical Center's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Police say Collins told investigators she had two alcoholic drinks about an hour and a half before the crash. According to her arrest citation, police at the scene said she smelled of alcohol, was unsteady on her feet and failed a field sobriety test. Collins refused to submit to a breath or blood test, police said.

"Who drives drunk and, you know, doesn't get an Uber or a Lyft?" said Destiny Martinez, a friend of injured family. "Just take that extra precaution, just to save yourself at least or not have this happen. Just to hear that happened devastated me."

Collins was scheduled to appear Monday in Fayette County District Court for an arraignment. Officials said earlier that more charges are pending in the case.

No attorney was present in court on Monday. The judge entered a not guilty plea on the DUI charge.

Collins is scheduled to be back in court on July 16 at 10 a.m. for a pre-trial.

Collins had her driver license suspended pending trial in court on Monday.