Fayette County

10-year-old girl dead, other children injured after Lexington crash. Woman, 24, charged.

Sequoyah Collins, 24, inset, was charged with driving under the influence after she allegedly ran a red light and struck an Acura on Tates Creek Road. A child in the Acura, which carried six total, died a few hours later Friday, July 5, 2019. Other children were injured.
Sequoyah Collins, 24, inset, was charged with driving under the influence after she allegedly ran a red light and struck an Acura on Tates Creek Road. A child in the Acura, which carried six total, died a few hours later Friday, July 5, 2019. Other children were injured. rhermens@herald-leader.com

A 10-year-old girl has died and a 24-year-old woman has been charged with driving under the influence after a crash early Friday on Tates Creek Road, Lexington police said.

Sequoyah Collins, 24, was uninjured and charged after a car carrying six people was hit on Tates Creek Road in the area of Lansdowne Drive about 3 a.m. Friday, police Lt. Andrew Daugherty said.

Collins was driving alone, allegedly at a “high rate of speed,” police said.

She allegedly ran a red light in a Lexus passenger car and struck an Acura — occupied by two adults and four children ranging in age from 9 to 12 — that was attempting to turn left from Tates Creek onto Lansdowne Drive, police said.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found several people trapped inside the vehicle, Daugherty said.

All six occupants of the Acura were transported to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, police said. Alexia Gomez Hernandez, 10, died at University of Kentucky Medical Center’s Pediatric ICU around 6:45 a.m. Friday, according to the Fayette County Coronrer’s Office.

Additional charges are pending, police said. Collins is a 2017 graduate of University of Kentucky with a degree in psychology, according to a university spokesperson.

Police investigated the wreck throughout Friday morning and reopened all of Tates Creek Road around noon.

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Fayette County Detention Center

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Mike Stunson covers breaking news and real-time news for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com. He is a 2011 Western Kentucky University graduate who has previously worked at the Paducah Sun and Madisonville Messenger as a sports reporter.
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