Man Charged in Warner Robins Railroad-Crossing Deaths | News
Prosecutors say a Houston County man was under the influence of marijuana when he drove onto the railroad tracks on Memorial Day, killing a mother and her infant daughter.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Erikka Williams told 13WMAZ that prosecutors sought the indictment against Willie Frank Lyons after they determined that it was his impairment, not the absence of railroad crossing arms, that caused the fatal accident.
"This was one of those cases that required a lot of investigation that particular intersection at the time did not have a crossing bar and so we wanted to make sure that we had enough evidence to prove that it was not the lack of the crossing bar that caused this collision," said Williams. "It's our allegation that Mr. Lyons ran the stop sign in front of the railroad track and was basically trying to beat the train and just didn't make it and as a result two people died."
A Houston County grand jury indicted Lyons this week on four counts of vehicular homicide and several other charges.
His month-old daughter Kinsley and her mother Donnell Reid died when his car collided with a train.
The accident caused protests in the Warner Robins community and forced the Norfolk Southern Railroad to install safety gates at the Ignico Drive and Highway 247 crossing.
The indictment says Lyons ran a stop sign, drove recklessly and that the infant was not secured in a child safety seat.
No trial date has been set.