Drunk Driver Causes Deadly Crash, Killing 4-Year-Old Girl
Denver, CO — A woman accused of driving drunk and causing a crash on Saturday July 20th that killed a 4-year-old girl appeared in court Thursday morning.
Shaquea Smith, 28, faces several charges including vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and DUI – her second alcohol-related offense.
Investigators say the accident occurred when Smith ran a stop sign and collided with another car at the intersection of Bruce Randolph Avenue and Columbine Street in Denver.
Smith, a babysitter, had four children in the car with her at the time of the crash. According to police all four were unrestrained.
A four-year-old girl, Alayah “LayLay” Harbin, was killed in the crash. She was riding in the backseat at the time of the accident.
“I wasn’t expecting them to tell me that Lay Lay was gone,” said Geneva Petty, Alayah's grandmother. “I can’t even describe what I felt at that moment. Just angry. Just angry with the whole situation,” Petty said.
According to court documents, witnesses told police that Smith sped through several red traffic signals and stop signs before the crash. When officers arrived, they reported smelling alcohol on Smith’s breath along with an open alcoholic drink in the passenger side compartment.
Investigators say Smith was not given a field sobriety test due to her injuries. Staff at Denver Health Medical Center collected a blood sample with the results pending.
Court records show Smith has a previous DUI conviction from 2011.
Source: The Legal Herald
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