Yonkers man admits to DWI in a fatal crash last year

A Yonkers man who admitted to driving drunk last summer in a crash that killed his friend pleaded guilty Tuesday to vehicular manslaughter and faces up to seven years in prison.

William Watkins-Gomes, 28, of 175 Yonkers Ave., pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree vehicular manslaughter, felonies, plus other offenses in the Aug. 4 crash that killed 31-year-old Kelly Williams, also of Yonkers, according to the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

Watkins-Gomes was driving a 2005 Honda Civic west on West Sanford Boulevard in Mount Vernon about 4:45 a.m. Aug. 4 when the car jumped a curb went onto a sidewalk then sideswiped a building. The Honda continued west onto South Fifth Avenue before going off the road and striking a tree.

Williams, a front-seat passenger, was taken by ambulance to Mount Vernon Hospital, where she later died. Watkins-Gomes was cut from the vehicle and taken to the Jacobi Medical Center, where blood was drawn from his body. Authorities later said the blood contained alcohol and THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Watkins-Gomes initially told police he had been drinking and had no recollection of the crash. Earlier this year, he claimed the crash wasn’t his fault because a second car had cut him off, forcing him to lose control of his car.

Watkins-Gomes also admitted to driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by drugs, reckless driving, misdemeanors, and two traffic violations.

He was sent to the Westchester County jail after his plea and is scheduled for sentencing May 20. Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore said in a statement that he faces up to seven years.

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