Grandmother forgives woman accused of killing teenage granddaugh - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Grandmother forgives woman accused of killing teenage granddaughter

Chicarra Williams (Source: MPD) Chicarra Williams (Source: MPD)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A Memphis woman has been indicted on criminal charges for the role police said she played in a fiery crash that killed a teen in 2015.

Chicarra Williams, 31, has been indicted on reckless vehicular homicide charges after the crash that killed 17-year-old Jessica Williams, according to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich. The two are not related.

The crash happened July 18 just before midnight on I-240 south of Poplar Avenue.

"It's not a day I go by down the expressway that I don't cry--everyday for Jessica," grandmother Odessa McChriston said.

Police said Chicarra Williams’ pickup truck plowed into the rear of a Honda Accord and forced it into a concrete wall. Jessica was a passenger in the Honda Accord.

Investigators said the two vehicles then caught fire.

Jessica Williams was found in the roadway and pronounced dead at the scene.

Her family's tears of pain refuse to go away. Jessica planned to go to college in the fall.

"This was her year to graduate," McChriston said.

As she clutches to her granddaughter's pictures, it's tough to make sense of a life taken so soon. A girl with a big heart and big dreams. 

"She had so many dreams and hopes. She wanted to be a dancer; she wanted to be a lawyer," her grandmother said. "Sometimes I'll stop by the cemetery just to say hi, even though I know she can't hear me or see me."

McChriston said despite what happened to her granddaughter, she forgives Williams for ending the life that was full of promise. 

Chicarra Williams could face up to six years in prison if convicted.

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