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Driver Charged in Crash that Killed 5 Children

A grand jury on Tuesday indicted the driver in a deadly February crash along Route 301 in Bowie that killed five children, including two of the driver’s.

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy said Tuesday that Dominique Taylor, 32, has been charged with six counts of vehicular homicide and six counts of vehicular manslaughter. If convicted, she faces up to 60 years in prison.

Braveboy said Taylor was driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.16, twice the legal limit in Maryland, on Feb. 2 when her 2005 Chrysler Pacifica veered off the road heading north, spun into a snow-covered field and crashed into a tree at about 4:30 a.m.

Damari Makale Herald, 15, Zion Elijah Beard, 14, London Anayah Dixon, 8, Rickelle Lashawn Ricks, 6, and Paris Aliza Dixon, 5, were all killed in the crash. A sixth passenger, Cornell Simon, 23, of Oxon Hill, a friend of Taylor’s, later died from his injuries.

London and Paris were Taylor’s daughters, and the other three children were her relatives. None of them were wearing seat belts.

Taylor, the crash’s lone survivor, was treated and released.

“Losing your children is tough for every single parent … but even within all that tragedy, we have to do our job,” Braveboy said. “We have to seek justice. We have hold individuals who are at fault accountable.”

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I decided I wanted to become a better writer while attending Bowie State University and figured that writing for the school newspaper would help. I’m not sure how much it helped, but I enjoyed it so much I decided to keep on doing it, which I still thoroughly enjoy 20 years later. If I weren’t a journalist, I would coach youth basketball. Actually, I still play basketball, or at least try to play, once a week. My kryptonite is peanut butter. What makes me happy – seeing my son and two godchildren grow up. On the other hand, a bad call made by an official during a football or basketball game makes me throw up my hands and scream. Favorite foods include pancakes and scrambled eggs which I could eat 24-7. The strangest thing that’s ever happened to me, or more accurately the most painful, was when I was hit by a car on Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia. If I had the power or money to change the world, I’d make sure everyone had three meals a day. And while I don’t have a motto or favorite quote, I continue to laugh which keeps me from driving myself crazy. You can reach me several ways: Twitter @jabariwill, Instagram will_iam.ford2281 or e-mail, wford@washingtoninformer.com

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