UPPER MARLBORO, MD – A 33-year old Bowie woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, with all but 18 suspended, for a car crash that left one adult and five children dead. Dominique Taylor was under the influence while driving her SUV on Route 301 in Bowie when the accident occurred.
Taylor pled guilty to six counts of grossly negligent motor vehicle manslaughter in September of 2019. Prosecutors say that she had alcohol and marijuana in her system when she was driving the vehicle and ran off the road, crashing into a tree in February of 2019. Two of the children killed, eight-year-old London Dixon and five-year-old Paris Dixon, were hers. Six-year-old Rickelle Ricks, 14-year-old Zion Beard and 15-year-old Damari Herald also died as a result of the accident. An adult passenger in the vehicle, Cornell Simon, 23, died from his injuries several weeks after the crash. An investigation revealed that Taylor’s blood alcohol level was .16.
Upon release, Taylor will be placed on supervised probation. While on probation, she will be required to drive with an ignition interlock system.
“This is a very tragic case. Ms. Taylor’s actions in recklessly driving the vehicle under the influence has caused pain for the family members of the victims,” said State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy. “While we can’t bring these precious victims back, today, at least we can rest assured that justice has been served with the sentence that was handed down Hopefully, this serves as some level of closure so that these families can move forward and begin the healing process.”