Suddenly losing a family member in an accident can be devastating. However, losing several family members at once is an almost unimaginable tragedy. Sadly, another DUI-related pedestrian crash yielded tragic results.
The Escondido Police Department announced last week that they have arrested a woman who was driving under the influence of alcohol when she struck and killed four members of the same family last month. NBC in Los Angeles reports that 28-year-old Ashley Rene Williams is facing multiple charges including murder and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
The incident happened on Tuesday, May 5th, at approximately 8:30 p.m. when the family of four were out for their regular evening walk along San Pasqual Valley Road. According to Lt. Scott Walters with the Escondido Police Department, a man, a woman, and two young boys were killed when Williams struck the group of pedestrians that were walking on the road with her 2014 Mazda 3.
The victims have been identified as 50-year old Carmella Comacho, her boyfriend 33-year-old Abel Valdez, and Comacho’s two grandsons, 10-year-old Yovanny Felix and 11-year-old Emmanuel Rivas.
Authorities say that Valez and 11-year-old Emmanuel died at the scene of the crash. Paramedics rushed Comacho and Yovonny to Palomar Medical Center, where they both later died from injuries that they suffered in the crash.
Williams stayed at the scene of the crash after the accident. Details of her blood-alcohol level have not been released. She is expected to be booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
A court date has not yet been set.