DUI arrest in Oxford Circle crash

Erika Wil­li­ams

A Lower North­east wo­man was ar­res­ted on DUI charges after two chil­dren and two adults were in­jured in a Sat­urday night auto ac­ci­dent in Ox­ford Circle.

Po­lice said Erika Wil­li­ams, 28, was drunk and speed­ing west­bound in her 1994 Olds­mobile on the 900 block of An­chor St. at 10:54 p.m. on Ju­ly 6 when she swerved to miss a ball in the road­way and, in­stead, hit a 5-year-old girl. The auto then jumped a curb, hit a 2-year-old boy, the chil­dren’s 36-year-old moth­er  and a 33-year-old wo­man. 

Med­ics took the two chil­dren to St. Chris­toph­er’s Hos­pit­al for Chil­dren. The little girl had a severe leg in­jury and was lis­ted in crit­ic­al but stable con­di­tion, po­lice said Tues­day af­ter­noon. The 2-year-old boy was in stable con­di­tion with a dis­lo­cated pel­vis.

The chil­dren’s moth­er was taken from St. Chris­toph­er’s to Temple Uni­versity Hos­pit­al with head and leg pain and a cut on a hand. The fourth ped­es­tri­an com­plained of pain and was lis­ted in stable con­di­tion at Aria Health’s Tor­res­dale cam­pus. Po­lice did not re­lease the vic­tims’ names. Wil­li­ams was ar­res­ted on sus­pi­cion of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, tested by po­lice and then charged with four counts each of ag­grav­ated as­sault while driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, pos­sess­ing an in­stru­ment of crime, DUI, simple as­sault and reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing an­oth­er per­son, po­lice said.

Wil­li­ams, of the 5500 block of Hill Creek Circle, re­mained in cus­tody with bail set at $40,000, ac­cord­ing to Tasha Jamer­son, the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s spokes­wo­man. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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