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Police: Driver Was Drinking Before Fatal Mount Vernon Crash

William Watkins-Gomes was charged with driving while intoxicated in Mount Vernon.
William Watkins-Gomes was charged with driving while intoxicated in Mount Vernon. Photo Credit: Westchester County Jail

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The driver of a fatal Mount Vernon crash that took the life of a Yonkers woman on Sunday had several drinks before he crashed into a tree on West Sandford Boulevard, according to police reports.

According to the reports, William Watkins-Gomes, 27, told Mount Vernon police that he had consumed two shots of tequila and as many as three glasses of wine before he got behind the wheel of his Honda Civic.

His girlfriend, Kelly Williams, died from blunt force trauma and internal bleeding following the accident.

“[Watkins-Gomes] emitted a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage,” a court filing reads. “The defendant had an inability to articulate where he was coming from and where he was going to and how he got in Mount Vernon.”

Watkins-Gomes was arraigned on Monday in Mount Vernon City Court, where he was charged with a misdemeanor charge of driving wile intoxicated. Additional charges are pending.

The driver is being held in Westchester County jail on $100,000 bail. He is due back in court on Aug. 21.

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