A Washington, D.C., woman remains behind bars on a dozen charges following a crash in coastal Georgia last week that left her 7-year-old son dead.
Georgia State Patrol troopers responded to the two-vehicle crash on I-95 in Camden County shortly before 5:30 p.m. April 22.
According to an incident report, 42-year-old Charlina McBride crashed into the back of a dump truck in the northbound lanes. The impact of the collision sent her rented Kia Optima spinning across the interstate, authorities said.
According to police, McBride’s 7-year-old son was sitting in the front seat at the time. Her two other children, a 4-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl, were sitting in the back of the car but did not have car seats, according to the GSP.
All four were taken to Southeast Georgia Health System’s Camden hospital, where 7-year-old Dillan Ansariddean died of a head injury sustained in the crash. McBride’s two other children suffered minor injuries in the collision.
When deputies pulled McBride from the wrecked car, they noticed the “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage,” according to the police report. Inside her purse, authorities discovered a half empty bottle of Skol vodka, marijuana and some rolling papers, police said.
McBride, who had a large cut on her head when she was interviewed at the hospital, told investigators she was driving from Miami to Washington when someone cut her off in the far right lane and slammed on their brakes.
She told the state trooper she hadn’t consumed alcohol in three days, but registered a blood alcohol level of .009 when tested that evening, according to the report. That is below Georgia’s legal limit .08.
The fatal crash wasn’t the first time McBride was accused of endangering her children.
She was arrested on July 4 of last year after leading state troopers on a chase through northern Virginia at speeds that exceeded 120 miles per hour, Washington, D.C.-based news station WJLA-TV reported. At the time, all three of her children were in the back seat.
McBride faces 12 charges in connection with the latest incident, including first-degree homicide by vehicle, serious injury by vehicle, following too closely, two seat belt violations, three counts of endangering a child by driving under the influence, improper lane change, reckless driving, an open container violation and driving under the influence of multiple substances. She remains held at the Camden County Jail without bond, online records show.