Suspect faces manslaughter charges in Oxon Hill crash that killed 3 children


A man accused of causing a December crash in Prince George's County that killed three children has been charged with three counts of vehicular manslaughter as a result of gross negligence, two counts of causing life-threatening injuries with a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, and "other, lesser charges," spokespersons for the police department said in a Thursday press conference.

Thomas Hawks, 27, is not in custody, but a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Police say he blew a .17 on a Breathalyzer test administered after the crash -- twice the legal limit.

The crash occurred on Dec. 30, 2018, when a sedan carrying a couple and their three children, was stopped on Indian Head Highway at the Kerby Hill light. A pickup being driven southbound by Hawks hit it, seemingly making no attempt to stop. The truck came to rest on top of the rear-passenger compartment of the sedan.

The impact killed the children, 5-year-old twin siblings Alexander Mejia and Rosalie Mejia and 1-year-old Isaac Mejia, all from Falls Church.

The adults in the car sustained serious injuries and were taken to an area hospital. The driver of the pickup was uninjured, sources told WJLA Maryland bureau chief Brad Bell. They say he seemed visibly intoxicated and told police he was coming from the Redskins game.

At the press conference, a spokesperson read a letter from parents Alexis and Juanita Mejia, who remain immobile due to the injuries they suffered in the crash.

Alexis said that he and his wife Juanita would miss their children "for the rest of their lives," and asked his community to rethink ever getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking. Juanita wrote that though the charges against Hawks sought justice on behalf of those who had been in the car, many more people than that were affected by the tragic accident.

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