Police: Sequoyah Collins accused in deadly DUI crash also had cocaine in system


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A woman who police accuse of causing a crash that killed a 10-year-old not only had alcohol in her system but cocaine as well, according to police.

Sequoyah Collins appeared in court Tuesday to answer charges connected to the deadly July 5 accident in Lexington.

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An officer with the Lexington Police Crash Reconstruction Unit testified Collins was traveling nearly double the speed limit before running a red light and hitting a car with six people inside, including Alexia Gomez Hernandez, who was killed.

The officer says blood results taken four hours after the crash showed Collins had a blood alcohol level of .211, nearly triple the legal limit, and she also tested positive for cocaine.

The crash reconstructionist also revealed information about the driver of the other car involved in the crash. He says the driver was not licensed, and police could only prove he was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. Passengers did say they were wearing seatbelts, but officers said that couldn’t be proven due to damage to the car. He testified there were more people in the backseat than there were seat belts. Two other children in the vehicle were injured – both had broken femurs and one also had a broken hip.

He testified the driver had admitted to having drinks earlier that night but had stopped drinking a couple hours before driving. Police found no signs of impairment but did not give him a blood alcohol test.

Collins’ attorney requested her murder charge be downgraded to manslaughter. The judge denied the request.

The case now heads to the grand jury.

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