Woman sentenced for Lexington driving drunk crash that killed 10-year-old girl

Collins pleaded guilty in May to multiple charges including manslaughter and DUI.
Published: Jul. 28, 2022 at 5:35 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A judge sentenced a woman who admitted to driving drunk and killing a young girl in Lexington.

Sequoyah Collins was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday.

Collins pleaded guilty in May to multiple charges including manslaughter and DUI. In 2019, police say Collins was drunk when she crashed into the other car. That crash killed 10-year-old Alexia Gomez-Hernandez and injured several others.

The assistant commonwealth’s attorney asked the judge to sentence Collins to 30 years in prison.

“I ask you to take into account the injuries suffered by these children, Alexia’s death,” said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Brad Bryant.

Collins’ attorney asked for 15 years, stating that her client made a terrible mistake.

Collins spoke at the hearing, asking the judge if she could address the Hernandez family face to face, but they declined. She told the court she was sorry for her actions.

“This was never my intention. I wanted to help people,” Collins said.

The commonwealth’s attorney says Collins will have to serve at least 85 percent of her sentence before she’s eligible for parole.

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