A mother has been charged with manslaughter for a deadly rollover crash in Richmond earlier this year that endangered several children and left her 5-year-old daughter dead. The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office today charged San Pablo resident Arkita Myers, 30, with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, involuntary manslaughter and four felony counts of child endangerment, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.
Officers arrested Myers at her home today around 3:40 p.m. and took her to county jail, where she is being held on $2.2 million bail, Abetkov said. Police said Myers was at the wheel of her SUV on Richmond Parkway at Hilltop Drive around 8:10 a.m. on May 20 when she lost control of the car. The SUV rolled over, ejecting Myers’ daughter, 5-year-old Xaniah Jackson and injuring a 7-year-old, two teenagers and another adult in the car, none of whom were wearing seatbelts, police said.
Police said Myers was the only person in the car who was wearing a seatbelt and was uninjured. Officers found Xaniah in the roadway suffering from traumatic head injuries. She died at a hospital a short time later. Investigators determined that Myers was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash but believe that she was speeding, Abetkov said.
The investigation also confirmed that none of the children in the car were buckled up or in a car seat, the sergeant said. “None of the children were restrained properly, they were not in car seats, they were not in seatbelts and if they were…that five-year-old wouldn’t have been ejected,” Abetkov said.
“We understand the loss of a child is something no one wants to go through, but this is a parent who has the responsibility to ensure the safety and health of their own child,” she said. A court date has not yet been set for her arraignment, according to the district attorney’s office.
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