Crime

Woman accused in Lexington crash that killed child refused blood test, court records say

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

The woman charged with driving under the influence in a crash that killed a 10-year-old girl in Lexington on Friday refused a blood-alcohol test, according to court records.

Sequoyah Danielle Collins, 24, was not injured when the car she was driving struck a car carrying two adults and four children on Tates Creek Road early Friday morning, police said. Police said she is accused of running a red light in a Lexus car and hitting an Acura that was trying to turn left from Tates Creek Road and onto Landsdowne Drive.

All six people in the Acura were taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. The 10-year-old girl, identified as Alexia Gomez Hernandez, died at the hospital’s pediatric ICU at 6:45 a.m., about four hours after the crash, according to the Fayette County Coroner’s Office.

Collins, a University of Kentucky graduate in psychology, told police that she’d had two drinks about an hour and a half before the crash, according to her arrest citation.

She smelled strongly of alcohol, particularly when she spoke, according to court records. Her arresting officer also reported that Collins was unsteady on her feet, had slurred speech and had blood-shot, watery eyes.

Collins showed “several signs of impairment” during her field sobriety test and refused a breath or blood-alcohol test when she arrived at the Fayette County jail, according to court records.

A not guilty plea was entered on Collins behalf Monday during an arraignment.

As of Monday afternoon, at least one of the children injured in the crash was still hospitalized and in critical condition, police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said. Angel also said Monday that additional charges were still pending in the case.

There have been multiple GoFundMe pages that say they’re raising money for the children or their families. A woman who said she is the mother of one of the critically injured children told her Facebook followers that her boy’s condition is improving.

The Glendover Elementary PTA posted on Facebook over the weekend that another one of the boys injured in the crash is a third-grader whose family has started a GoFundMe to help with medical costs. The boy is expected to be in the hospital for several more weeks, according to the post.

“Both families impacted by this accident are extremely grateful and appreciative of all the love and support they have received from their Glendover family and community,” the Glendover Elementary PTA said in the Facebook post. “We have truly come together to wrap our arms around these families in this time of need. Teachers have helped provide meals and visited the families to let them know we are thinking of them.”

Alexia also attended Glendover Elementary and was a rising fifth-grader, according to the PTA. She had been at the school since kindergarten.

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