A 12-year-old girl has died days after she was thrown from the top of a car, where police say an intoxicated mom had her and other kids ride because they were wet from swimming, NBC-TV's Dallas Ft. Worth station reports.
The girl, Octavia Watkins, died when she was removed from life support, Crowley police said. She had suffered severe head injuries in the fall last week and had been hospitalized since.
Police said Kisha Young, 39, let six children ride on the hood and trunk of her Chevrolet Malibu on June 17 because their clothes were wet. The group, including another adult, had been swimming at a local community pool.
The children, ranging in age from 8 to 14, slipped off the car and were flung into the road after Young took a corner too fast, witnesses said. Young initially did not realize the kids were injured until she got to the end of the block. She turned around and drove back, appearing panicked, witnesses said.
'Well of course, we don't know what they were thinking," said Crowley Police Officer C.C. Meadows. "However they weren't thinking safety."
Police said Young was initially charged with intoxication assault, a third-degree felony. She posted $110,000 bond and was released from jail on June 20. Crowley police said they are working with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office to determine future charges on the case. Watkins' mother, who was an adult passenger in the car, could also be charged.
"The adults involved are responsible for the children, and whatever happens to them while they are in their care," said Crowley Police Officer CC Meadows.
God bless Octavia.