17-year-old Donnavia Williams and her mother, 41-year-old Jennifer Williams, were arrested yesterday in Brewton, Alabama after an indictment from an Escambia County Grand Jury for the hit-and-run death of 12-year-old Devon Brian Spencer.
Devon Spencer was killed in early February when he was struck from behind by a car on his walk to school.
Donnavia Williams faces four charges including manslaughter for reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to notify law enforcement and assault second degree for reckless driving. Her mother, Jennifer Williams, faces one charge of failure to notify law enforcement. Both suspects remain in jail.
The indictment against Donnavia Williams claims she was driving in a reckless manner at a speed that was not reasonable under the conditions. The speed of the vehicle and her inability to see clearly out of the windshield led to the death of Devon Spencer, according to the indictment.
Devon Spencer initially survived the crash, but he sustained significant head trauma and died five days later at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.
Detria Harris, Devon’s cousin, says he was dearly loved, “Devon was smart. He was witty, he kind and compassionate. He was full of hope. He was loved more than anything, he was loved.”
Harris says the family is trying to figure out how to live normally without Devon, “this new normal for us is one that is going to take forever to get used to- a life without Devon.”
Both Donnavia and Jennifer Williams will be back in court on May 26 for an arraignment hearing.