Woman Charged With DUI In Whitehaven Crash

(Memphis) A Memphis woman is now facing criminal charges following a crash that injured 11 people in Whitehaven Tuesday evening.

Kenosha Williams, 26, was booked early Wednesday on a long list of charges including reckless driving, DUI, violation of the seat belt law, violation of child restraint law and vehicular assault.

At this time, a bond has not been set.

Police said Williams admitted she took the painkiller Percocet before she got behind the wheel.

According to court records, Williams was driving a Chevy Tahoe, and when she merged into a turning lane, she side-swept a truck in the oncoming lane on Shelby Drive near Tulane Tuesday evening.

The SUV rolled over several times, ejected several children from the vehicle, and crashed into 74-year-old Velma Franklin’s home

“I like to sit outside, but I wasn’t that day,” said Franklin. “I was in the back of my home when I heard it coming across and hit the house. It was loud! It was a racket. That’s all I can say. God was with me.”

Eight children were taken to Le Bonheur. A spokesperson said doctors treated children ages 8 months to 11 years old.

As of Wednesday afternoon, she said four children were released, but an 8-month-old and a 5-year-old boy are still in serious condition, and a 6-year-old girl and a 8-year-old girl are in critical condition.

In all, a team of about 50 Le Bonheur staff responded to the call and worked to treat the kids.

Three adults who were in William’s car were also taken to The MED.

A man at the scene said he and others tried to move the SUV over from its side, so they could get people from under it.

“Anytime there is a major accident like this, there are a lot of experts,” Sara Burnett, public relations coordinator for Le Bonheur said. “That’s the great thing about having Le Bonheur. Our experts are here, and it’s a packed emergency department in there.  There is everyone from trauma, surgeons, anesthesia, chaplains, child life, nurses and doctors. Everyone is there to take care of the kids.”

“Anytime there is an incident like this is pretty scary, but they are in there taking care of them the best they can,” she added.

Williams is expected in court Thursday morning at 9:30.



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