Woman convicted in fatal 2020 crash that killed 4 pedestrians

SAN DIEGO — A woman has been sentenced to 25 years to life for drunk driving in a 2020 crash that killed four pedestrians, including two children, police said.

Ashley Rene Williams, 28, was found guilty of three counts of second-degree murder and one count of drunken manslaughter, Escondido Police Department Capt. Kevin Toth said Thursday in A press release.

The fatal collision happened on May 5, 2020, when Williams was driving on San Pasqual Valley Road near Oak Hill Drive and his car hit a 50-year-old woman, a 33-year-old man and two boys, according to Lt. Scott. Walters. The two boys were brothers and the woman was the boys’ grandmother, while the man is said to have dated the children’s mother.

“This is an incredibly tragic case where four innocent people lost their lives,” San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan said. “The defendant was on probation following an impaired driving conviction when she made the selfish and deadly choice to get high and drive. While today’s sentence is fair, nothing will take away the pain of the friends and family of the victims.”

Williams was arrested on multiple counts of murder and manslaughter while driving a vehicle on June 4, 2022.