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Traffic Incident at 9100 Martin Luther King Boulevard

June 10, 2006 -- Charges are pending against a suspect arrested in a fatal traffic accident at 9100 Martin Luther King Boulevard about 2:20 p.m. on Friday (June 9).

The suspect, Sara Chavis Williams (b/f, DOB 9-13-62), faces felony charges of intoxication manslaughter and reckless injury to a child. The identity of the victim, a four-year-old girl, is pending verification from the Harris County Medical Examiner's office. The girl is the suspect's daughter.

HPD Mobility Incident Management Division Sergeant R.A. Gonzales and Officers R. Stafford and J. Tippy reported:

The suspect was driving a 1995 Saturn SL east on Sunbeam at a high rate of speed. When she reached the intersection of MLK Blvd, she ran the stop sign and attempted to turn south onto MLK. Unable to stay on the road, her vehicle struck the curb on the center median, crossed onto and over the median, and partially struck a tree. The suspect's vehicle then crossed into the northbound lanes of MLK Blvd., where it was immediately struck by a second vehicle, a 2001 Acura MDX. The four-year-old victim, an unrestrained passenger in the front seat of the suspect's vehicle, was killed on impact.

The suspect received injuries and was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital. Two others in the second vehicle, the female driver, Merri Douglas, 32, and her four-year old daughter, Merriah, sustained various injuries and were transported to Ben Taub General Hospital.

JFC 6-10-06
Inc #089760506

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