QUINCY (WGEM) — The Adams County State's Attorney filed an arrest warrant Monday for Natasha McBride, 36, of Quincy who prosecutors said was involved in Friday's fatal multi-vehicle crash in downtown Quincy.
States Attorney Gary Farha said his office filed four counts of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, four counts of reckless homicide, and four counts of driving while license revoked.
“The defendant’s reckless and dangerous acts directly resulted in the deaths of 3 innocent young children and their grandmother. Calling this a tragedy diminishes the reckless disregard this defendant showed for the lives of every other driver on the road that afternoon. The police officers, EMS personnel, and other first responders who arrived on-site witnessed a crime scene that is embedded in their memory for the rest of their lives. My office will work tirelessly to ensure that this defendant is held accountable for her conduct and that justice is done for the victims, their family, and every other citizen of our county.”Gary Farha, Adams County State's Attorney
Police said over the weekend said McBride would be charged with Aggravated DUI, but Farha said there was no evidence to support that charge.
Farha said McBride told police she had been drinking and using drugs before the crash, but he said a blood test did not confirm intoxication.
"There will be further examination of her blood and alcohol and if we do have anything that we can charge as driving under the influence, we will charge that," Farha explained.
Farha said McBride was being treated by Blessing Behavioral Health on Monday, after it was determined that she intended to harm herself.
"There were circumstances here that this individual was driving in such a manner to do damage to herself and unfortunately she killed four people," Farha said.
Farha said McBride would be taken to the Adams County Jail once released by Blessing. Her bond was set at $5 million on an arrest warrant with 10% to apply, meaning for her to get out, she would have to post $500,000 cash.
Police said McBride failed to stop at the stoplight at 4th and Broadway on Friday and struck a vehicle driven by 61-year-old Stephen Hendricks of Rushville, Illinois.
Hendricks was transported to Blessing Hospital with moderate injuries.
Police said Jennifer Hendricks, 54, of Rushville and 4-year-old Archer Corrick of Kirksville, Missouri, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Six-year-old Dakota Corrick of Kirksville was pronounced dead at Blessing Hospital and 21-month-old Ransom Corrick of Kirksville was pronounced dead at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
Police said McBride ran on to the Bayview Bridge after the crash, but she was eventually caught by officers.