A reality TV star has been arrested and charged in connection to a grisly car crash in Virginia Beach, Virginia, that killed 29-year-old Daniel Dill, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, earlier this month.
Melissa Hancock, who appeared on Lifetime’s “Little Women: Atlanta,” faces charges of driving under the influence, maiming, and driving the wrong way, according to WTVR-TV. She was held without bond in a Virginia Beach jail.
Hancock was driving a 2011 Cadillac when she crashed into Dill’s vehicle. The Coast Guard technician was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was later declared dead.
Dill was said to have been picking up his wife and her friends after a birthday party. He decided not to drink so he could be a designated driver for the group.
Dill suffered devastating injuries, according to The Virginian-Pilot:
Dill died just after midnight Sunday at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. The 29-year-old had suffered a major spinal cord injury, his brain was severely swollen, and he had internal injuries and broken bones, according to his family. They made the decision to withdraw care once doctors explained his prognosis.
The Cadillac’s driver, Melissa Ann Hancock, was charged with DUI maiming immediately after the crash, but that charge may be upgraded, said Macie Allen, a spokeswoman for the commonwealth’s attorney.
Hancock, who is about 4 feet tall and weighs only 77 pounds, reportedly told police she had “two to four” alcoholic drinks about an hour before the accident, CBS News reported.