Driver indicted after crash on Indian Head Highway that killed 3 kids
According to officials, a driver who rear-ended a vehicle on Indian Head Highway in Prince George’s County, killing three children and serious injuring their parents, have been indicted by a grand jury.
Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy and Prince George’s County Police Hank Stawinski announced that Thomas Hawkes was indicted in connection the crash that took place on Dec. 30th, taking the innocent life of 5-year-old twins Alexander and Rosalie Mejia, and their brother 1-year-old Isaac Mejia.
Their parents, Alexis and Juana Mejia, were seriously injured after they were rear-ended by Hawks driving a pickup truck near Wilson Bridge Drive. According to the police, Hawks was heavily intoxicated at the time of the crash and his blood alcohol content was nearly twice the legal limit. Hawks taken into custody and then later released.
#BREAKING @Fox5DC: Prince George’s County officials announce a grand jury has returned drunk driving and several other charges against Thomas Hawkes. The charges are related to the December car crash that killed 3 young children on Rt. 210. Live report at 5pm pic.twitter.com/eMUCKDQkzV
— Tom Fitzgerald (@FitzFox5DC) January 24, 2019
At the time, police and prosecutors had refrained from formally charging Hawks due to a 1990 court decision. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that a man charged with a lesser crime in a traffic stop could not be charged again with a more serious crime because it amounted to double jeopardy. Because of this investigators stated that they have to be careful when making the most appropriate decision change supported by the facts of the case.
Hawks was indicted on three counts of vehicular manslaughter and two counts of causing serious injury by motor vehicle while under the influence, according to officials. Officials also stated Hawks is expected to surrender with his attorney. Hawks is looking to face up 36 years in prison, if convicted.
Indian Head Highway is one the most dangerous streets in the county. Within the past three year, there have been more than 1,000 crashes on it. It has been reported that in the past 11 years that more than 60 people have died in crashes on Indian Head Highway. Law enforcement and officials declared that they will make more efforts in making the street safer.
Delegate Kriselda Valdaerrama, sponsored the bill that put the first and only speed camera on Indian Head Highway at the intersection of Old Fort Road in 2018. She stated that she would push for more speed cameras along the roadway following the Dec. 30 crash.
SOURCE: Fox5 News
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