A Delaware man was sentenced to 5 to 12 years in prison for the November 2020 death of Jaclyn Walker

Tyrone Williams

MEDIA COURTHOUSE – A Delaware man was sentenced Monday to 5 to 12 years in state prison after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide while driving under the influence in a 2020 crash that left killed a 33-year-old woman from Glenolden.

Tyrone Williams, 32, also entered open guilty pleas before Judge John Capuzzi of the Court of Common Pleas on charges of vehicular homicide, accident resulting in death and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in the crash that killed Jaclyn Walker November 21, 2020 .

Chester police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Highland Avenue around 11:11 p.m. for a report of a two-vehicle accident, according to a probable cause affidavit written by Chester Detective David DeFrank. Responding officers found Walker in the driver’s seat of a 2018 Toyota Yaris on the sidewalk on the west side of the street. The Yaris had suffered front end damage so severe that the engine was dislodged from the vehicle, according to the affidavit.

Walker was transported to Crozer-Chester Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 11:37 p.m. An autopsy later determined that she died of multiple blunt injuries.

Police also found a silver 2019 Ford Mustang that had been abandoned at the scene, according to the affidavit. The Mustang also suffered extensive front end damage and appears to have damaged several parked cars and sheared a telephone pole in half.

Police found blood and open liquor bottles inside the Mustang, as well as a pack of suspected heroin just outside the Mustang’s driver’s side door. The affidavit says officers followed a trail of blood to a second suspected package of heroin at the intersection of Curran and Pierce streets, where the trail ended. Assistant District Attorney Sophia Polites said Monday the packages tested positive for fentanyl and tramadol.

The Delaware County Crash Team processed the site and determined that the Yaris operated by Walker was traveling south on Highland Ave. when she went to turn left onto Swarts Street. According to the affidavit, the Mustang was heading north on Highland at high speed when it collided with the Yaris, and there were no skid marks indicating that the Mustang had tried to slow down before impact. .

Event data downloaded from an on-board computer in the Mustang showed it was going 98 miles per hour with the throttle 53% down just two seconds before the crash. The Mustang slowed to 93 MPH one second before impact with the brake switch activated and 77 MPH at the point of impact, according to this data. The posted speed limit in this area is 25 MPH, the affidavit notes.

Investigators found an iPhone inside the Mustang that belonged to Williams and determined that he had rented the Mustang from an Avis in New Castle, Delaware the day before.

Detectives also discovered that Williams sought emergency medical treatment for injuries to his left arm at the Jefferson Health Cherry Hill Campus in New Jersey on Nov. 22, 2020. Surveillance video showed Williams staggering through the emergency department and collapse, according to the affidavit. He admitted to drinking alcohol and still appeared intoxicated, according to hospital staff. He also said he was involved in a car accident on Nov. 21 while attending a rehabilitation center in Delaware, the affidavit states.

Defense attorney Enrique Latoison said he met with his client about 30 times about the case, and Williams expressed remorse for killing someone by his actions. Latoison added that Williams, a father of two, also regrets the accident had a ripple effect on Walker’s family members, including his 12-year-old son, and said he will have to live with it. this knowledge for the rest of his life.

“My condolences go out to the family,” Williams said Monday. “I feel really bad about what happened the night of November 21 and as my lawyer said I have to live with this for the rest of my life. This is something that will haunt me for the rest of my life, so I just want to offer my condolences. My heart goes out to the family for what happened.

Polites read two letters in the file on behalf of Walker’s friends and family. Friends described Walker as the life of the party, who excelled in school and was on his way to becoming a doctor. A letter from her mother, Kathy Walker, noted that her husband also died shortly after the crash due to complications from cancer and the stress of losing her daughter, compounding the tragedy.

“The negligent, careless and self-centered actions of the man who took my daughter’s life have affected me and so many others in ways that I hope you will never know,” he said. -she writes. “As a parent, I seek answers from God as to why my daughter was taken from this world in my place. My daughter was a single mother who overcame many obstacles to achieve her dream of becoming a social worker. ‘is committed to helping people with substance abuse disorders and mental health challenges become productive members of society and live their best lives.

Kathy Walker said her daughter was six months into her Masters of Social Work degree from Widener University and six weeks into her first job as a social worker. She was also considering applying for a doctoral program in social work.

Instead, Kathy Walker watched her daughter and her husband die and had to sell her 45-year-old home so she could move 1,200 miles away to live with her family. The light went out in her life and her grandson was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. He now lives in another state, where he receives counseling.

“The impact this has had on not only his mother and father, but also on (his son) is insurmountable,” Polites said. “And the fact is that this death could have been avoided, and the way it could have been avoided is if this defendant did not get in the car that night and was not so reckless in his actions.”

Polites added that Williams fled the scene and was not captured until January 9.

“I’m struck by the fact that we now have a 12-year-old who is left without a mother,” Capuzzi said. “It’s very painful for any child who loses a parent, but to do this because you saw fit to drive that vehicle at such an outrageous speed, because of the state you were in, gives me a big break. … It’s just incomprehensible to me sitting here how anyone can be so reckless, so indifferent, and there’s nothing I can do that can ease the pain of the people who have suffered the loss.

In addition to the jail sentence, Capuzzi ordered Williams to serve three consecutive years of probation and pay $2,800 in costs and fines. He will also have to provide a DNA sample to the state police and attend a safe driving school. Williams is not eligible for early release, but was credited for time from Jan. 9, 2021, to Monday.

“I hope when you come out that you work on behalf of others so that they don’t become people in the same situation as you,” Judge told Williams. “You have to do something positive to turn the situation around. I understand that you have remorse. It’s only part of the equation. The other part is making amends to society.

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