BOWIE, MD. (WJZ) — The driver in the Bowie car crash that killed five children and a passenger in early February has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, Prince George’s State’s Attorney said Tuesday.
Dominique Taylor, 32, was indicted on 12 counts – six for vehicular manslaughter and six for vehicular homicide – after driving with a blood alcohol content level twice the legal limit.
The announcement from the Prince George’s State’s Attorney comes nearly three months after a Chrysler Pacific van veered off of Crain Highway in Bowie early February.
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The van crashed into trees and spun out, ejecting five children.
Among the five children ejected were five and eight-year-old Paris and London Dixon, and their cousins, six-year-old Rickel Ricks, 14-year-old Zion Beard and 15-year-old Demari Herald.
Police said all five children were not wearing seatbelts when they crashed.
Several days after the crash, family and friends remembered the children at a funeral service.
“I remember a time we were going out to feed the homeless,” a speaker said. “They were little girls. They wanted to pick it, what can I do to help. They were the only girls to get up and feed the homeless.”
The crash also killed 23-year-old Cornell Simon, who police said was another passenger in the van. He was taken off life support February 15.
Taylor is now facing up to 60 years behind bars.
“Loosing your children is tough,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy said. “It’s very tragic, but even in all that tragedy we have to do our job. We have to seek justice. We have to hold individuals who are at fault responsible.”
At the time of the initial investigation, police reported that Taylor was wearing her seatbelt.
Investigators are still working to figure out why she veered off the road.