A grandmother who crashed her car on the way home from a funeral, killing her two young grandchildren, was high on marijuana and had oxycodone in her car, police have said.
Nadine Walton, 55, of Newark, New Jersey, was charged on Thursday with homicide by vehicle under the influence of drugs and multiple other counts in the September 14 crash near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Five-year-old Ravon Robinson died at the scene of the crash. His two-year-old sister, Brielle Robinson, died several days later at a hospital.
Walton was driving her daughter Stephany Stevens and two grandchildren home from a funeral in South Carolina when the crash occurred, according to an online fundraising page for the family.
Around 1am, Walton’s car veered off the left side of Interstate 78, and she steered back across several lanes of traffic and hit the opposite guard rail, according to state police records reported by the Morning Call.
Ravon was ejected from the vehicle on impact with the guard rail, police said.
Two other vehicles in the same direction of travel, a compact car and a minivan, then struck Walton’s disabled vehicle, police said.
Walton was found severely injured and pinned beneath the steering wheel.
Her daughter Stefany Stephens was also in the car and was injured in the crash.
Cops found 49 pills of oxycodone, a powerful prescription painkiller, a marijuana grinder and a marijuana blunt in the car, as well as several bottles of alcohol under the driver’s seat.
Walton’s blood tested positive for marijuana, according to court records.
She is also charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault by vehicle while under the influence, homicide by vehicle, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence, careless and reckless driving, authorities say.
Walton didn’t immediately return a phone message seeking comment Thursday.