*Update- Suspect Arrested and Victim Identified* Delaware State Police Investigating Two-Vehicle Fatal Collision

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Delaware State Police arrested Ariel Williams, 19, from Wilmington, DE, for vehicular homicide and related charges following a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred Friday night in the Wilmington area.

On February 3, 2023, at approximately 8:54 p.m., a 2016 silver Toyota Corolla was traveling eastbound in the left lane of West Newport Pike (Route 4) approaching Gregg Avenue. At the time, a 2006 white Buick Rendezvous operated by Williams, was traveling westbound in the left lane of Route 4, when it crossed over into oncoming traffic. The two vehicles collided in a head-on impact.

The 29-year-old pregnant female operator of the Toyota and two occupants, a 6-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, were all transported to area hospitals for their injuries. The 6-year-old girl identified as Milani Carrasco died at the hospital as a result of the collision.

Williams was transported to an area hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation determined Williams was under the influence at the time of the crash. On February 4, 2023, Williams turned herself in at Troop 2 and was charged with the following crimes:

  • Vehicular Homicide First Degree (Felony)
  • Reckless Endangering First Degree (Felony)
  • Vehicular Assault First Degree (Felony)
  • Vehicular Assault Second Degree – 2 counts
  • Driving Under the Influence of the Combination of Alcohol and any Drug
  • Failed to Remain Within a Single Lane
  • Drive in the Proper Lane and Direction

Williams was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #11 and committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on a $63,000 cash bond.

Delaware State Police Investigating Two-Vehicle Fatal Collision

The Delaware State Police Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this incident. Troopers are asking anyone who witnessed this collision to please contact Sergeant J. Jefferson by calling 302-365-8484. Information may also be provided by sending a Private Facebook Message to the Delaware State Police or contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and need assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the Victim Services Unit at [email protected]

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