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UPDATE: Father Sentenced in DUI Crash that Severely Injured Daughter

UPDATE 3/22/13
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The father of a little girl from Huntington, who was seriously injured in a car accident in which her dad was driving, has been sentenced to 7 years in prison.

William Meadows, 27, of Huntington was sentenced Wednesday after earlier this month pleading no contest to felony aggravated vehicular assault, felony possession of drugs and misdemeanor operating a vehicle under the influence.

A Lawrence County, Ohio grand jury indicted Meadows on those charges back in December.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Meadows drove off the road and crashed on McKinney Creek Road near Chesapeake back on November 3.

His four-year-old daughter, Mahayla, was a passenger in the pickup and suffered a broken femur and had 100-plus stitches to her head, according to Mahayla’s mother.

Meadows admitted to troopers he used heroin on the day of the crash.

Besides the jail time, Meadows had has drivers license suspended for 6 months.



UPDATE 12/28/12
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The father of a little girl from Huntington who was seriously injured in a car accident, in which her dad was driving, has been indicted for his role in that crash.

A Lawrence County Ohio Grand Jury recently indicted William Meadows, 27, of Huntington, on felony aggravated vehicular assault, felony possession of drugs and misdemeanor operating a vehicle under the influence.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says William Meadows drove off the road and crashed on McKinney Creek Road near Chesapeake on a Sunday morning in early November.

His four-year-old daughter, Mahayla, was a passenger in the car and suffered a broken femur and had 100-plus stitches to her head, according to Mahayla’s mother.

Danielle Brooks also told WSAZ.com that her daughter was in body cast from her chest all the way down her legs and had to spend a week in a Huntington hospital following the accident.

Troopers said that the Meadow was under the influence when he crashed.

Following the accident WSAZ.com was told that Meadows went to voluntary rehab. No date has been set for his arraignment.

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UPDATE 11/9/12
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A little girl from Huntington is in the hospital after suffering serious injuries in a car accident.

Ohio State Highway Patrol says her own father was at fault, under the influence when he crashed.

Now the girl's mother says she's fighting to make sure he pays for the damage he's done.

“She's got 100-plus stitches in her head and a broken femur bone," her mother Danielle Brooks said.

The 4-year-old, Mahayla Meadows, has spent the week in Cabell Huntington Hospital.

"She's in a body cast from her chest all the way down her legs," Brooks said.

Ohio State Highway Patrol says Mahayla's father William Meadows went off the road and crashed on McKinney Creek Road near Chesapeake early Sunday morning.

They found drugs in the car and say Meadows was under the influence.

Mahayla's father faces charges on drug possession, vehicular assault, and driving under the influence, but he hasn't been arrested yet. We're told he went to voluntary rehab.

"A little girl is in the hospital in pain because a person who should have been protecting her was on drugs," Brooks’ friend Nichole McKay said.

Now Brooks and her friends are working to get signatures.

"We're petitioning to get courts to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law," McKay said.

"I won't stop until I see him in prison,” Brooks said. “He's going to have to do time."

State Highway Patrol says a date has not been set yet for Meadows to appear in municipal court in Chesapeake, Ohio.

Our messages to Meadows have not been returned.


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