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Woman tied to Jan. 6 Capitol riot involved in fatal crash

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Posted at 12:07 PM, Jan 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-06 17:49:32-05

UNION, Mo. — A Missouri woman charged with participating in the riot at U.S. Capitol last year has been arrested after she allegedly caused a fatal crash while driving drunk and the wrong way on an interstate, authorities said.

Emily Hernandez, 22, of Sullivan, was arrested after the crash Wednesday night on Interstate 44 in Franklin County. She faces possible charges of driving while intoxicated resulting in death, and driving while intoxicated resulting in injury, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

Victoria Wilson, 32, of St. Clair, was killed in the collision and her husband was seriously injured, the patrol said.

Ethan Corlija, one of Hernandez's lawyers, said she was expected to be released from the hospital Thursday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

She was charged with five misdemeanors after the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection. Corlija said Hernandez intends to plead guilty Monday to one misdemeanor charge.

Pictures and videos show a smiling Hernandez holding up a piece of a sign from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the insurrection.