Collierville woman indicted for fatal crash that happened on her 17th birthday

Collierville woman indicted for fatal crash that happened on her 17th birthday
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

COLLIERVILLE, TN (WMC) - A Collierville woman has been indicted on vehicular homicide and other charges resulting from a four-vehicle crash two years ago that killed one person and injured four others.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said 19-year-old Sterling Grace Panchikal was indicted on three counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Alejandra Sanchez-Ponce, 47, was killed in the crash. Her 27-year-old daughter was critically injured. A woman and two children in a third vehicle sustained non-critical injuries.

According to investigators, Panchikal was traveling eastbound on Bill Morris Parkway when her vehicle crossed over the grass median, hit a cable barrier, and went into the westbound lanes. Her car hit two other vehicles head-on. A fourth vehicle was hit by debris from the crash.

Investigators discovered vodka, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia in her vehicle.

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