UPDATE: Fatal Crash Victim Speaks Out for First Time

By: Raquel Moore
By: Raquel Moore

UPDATE: The potential cause of a horrific accident that killed a 21 year old and injured three teens last weekend is pushing one of the victims to speak out. That teenager told 23 News the group including the driver was drinking that fatal night.

"We went over the hump, and the car went in the air and got back on the ground and we just crashed. When we crashed I called her name and she didn't respond to me," says 18 year old Johnesia Smith, who was in the fatal car accident.

18 year old Johnesia Smith was one of three teens who survived a car accident over the weekend on Seminary Street. Her best-friend,21 year old Suaveya Williams, who was driving, was killed almost instantly. This scene is becoming a familiar sight in the stateline, according to a report just released by the Winnebago County Health Department. Drunk driving deaths in the county are happening three times more than the top performing counties in the nation. That's four percent higher than the state's average.



UPDATE: The three women injured in a car accident on Rockford’s west side over the weekend are now out of the hospital.

The crash killed the driver, 21-year-old Suaveya Williams around 2 a.m. The car had smashed into a utility pole and a vacant building in the 1300 block of Seminary Street.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Rockford mom killed in a crash over the weekend had been in trouble with the law before for drinking and driving, and now some believe she may have made that mistake again.

The family of Suaveya Williams, 21, thinks alcohol played a role in the crash that claimed her life on Sunday. Family and friends held a vigil for her Monday at the site of the crash on Seminary Street near Catherine Street. Some family members believe Williams had been drinking at a friend’s house before she drove into a utility pole 2AM Sunday. Three passengers, a 19 year old and two 18 year olds, were also hurt. Investigators say speed was a factor but won't know if Williams had been drinking until toxicology tests come back in two weeks.

“Life is too short, there are two things in this life you can count on, you live and you die. It’s what you do in between that makes the difference if you're going to heaven or hell, so let your good outweigh your bad,” says mother of the victim, Pamelata Williams.

Suaveya Williams left behind a 6-year-old daughter.


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