Driver charged with Murder in fatal crash

Sequoya CollinsA Lexington woman has been charged with Murder in connection with a fatal crash that killed a 10-year-old girl. Lexington Police today arrested Sequoyah Collins on upgraded charges stemming from a collision that occurred July 5 on Tates Creek Road.

Alexia Gomez Hernandez died from injuries sustained in the wreck. In addition to Murder, Collins is charged with two counts of Assault 1st and two counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st. Those charges are associated with the other occupants who were injured in the crash.

Collins was initially charged with Driving Under the Influence. Through the course of an investigation led by the Lexington Police Collision Reconstruction Unit, it was determined that Collins had been driving at speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour with an extreme level of alcohol intoxication. Witnesses also reported that she had run a red light.

Previously released July 5 - A Lexington woman has been charged in connection to a fatal wreck that occurred on Tates Creek Road early Friday morning. Sequoyah Collins, 24, is charged with Driving Under the Influence.

Around 3 a.m. Friday, July 5, Lexington Police officers were dispatched to a serious collision involving two vehicles at the intersection of Tates Creek Road and Lansdowne Drive. Collins was driving outbound Tates Creek in a Lexus passenger car. The other vehicle was an Acura passenger car occupied by two adults and four children ranging in age from 9 to 12.

According to witnesses, Collins was driving at a high rate of speed.  She was seen running a red light, striking the other car that was attempting to turn left from Tates Creek onto Lansdowne. Five of the six occupants of the Acura were transported to a hospital, and one of the children has died from their injuries. Collins was not seriously injured and was placed under arrest.

The police department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate. Additional charges are pending at this time.