Defendant Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Homicide

A murder defendant pleaded guilty Feb. 22 to charges stemming from her role in a car crash that resulted in the death of a 43-year-old woman.

Terica Younger pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and two counts of assault for her involvement in the death of Talata Williams on the 2400 block of Good Hope Road, SE in 2017.

Per the terms of the plea agreement, the prosecution agreed to downgrade Younger’s second-degree murder charge to voluntary manslaughter. The prosecution also agreed to dismiss two unrelated cases, including an assault on a police officer charge and a violation of release conditions.

During the hearing Younger, 42, told the court that she doesn’t remember all of the details from the night of the murder. She told D.C. Superior Court Judge Milton Lee that she remembers drinking at a bar, but that she doesn’t remember getting behind the wheel or doing fentanyl. That being said, Younger still agreed to the plea agreement and said she doesn’t dispute that she’s responsible.

According to court documents, multiple witnesses saw a Dodge pickup, the vehicle Younger was operating, crash into a Honda Accord, the vehicle Williams was a passenger in. Williams was pronounced dead on the scene. At the time of the crash, Younger’s blood alcohol level was .10, which was above the .08 legal limit. She also tested positive for using fentanyl, a narcotic.

Younger is scheduled to be sentenced on May 3.