QUINCY — The Quincy woman arrested in a Friday crash that killed four people, including three children, is facing first-degree murder charges.
An Adams County grand jury on Thursday indicted Natasha McBride, 36, on four counts of first-degree murder in Friday's crash at Fourth and Broadway that caused the deaths of Jenniffer Hendricks, 54, of Rushville, and Dakota Corrick, 6, Archer Corrick, 4, and Ransom Corrick, 18 months, all of Kirksville, Mo.
The grand jury also indicted McBride on four counts of reckless homicide, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and four counts of driving while license revoked.
Josh Jones, lead trial attorney with the Adams County state's attorney's office, said after reviewing the evidence, including video from multiple cameras, event data recorders from both vehicles and details from the Quincy Police Department investigation, he, State's Attorney Gary Farha and First Assistant State's Attorney Todd Eyler determined that McBride's actions "are legally and morally deserving of the most severe criminal charges in our criminal justice system.
"The grand jury agreed with our request for these charges and based on that same evidence issued indictments," Jones said. "The filing of these charges is just the first step in ensuring that justice is done for Jenniffer, Dakota, Archer and Ransom. Our office will ensure that the defendant is held accountable for her conduct."
Farha thanked the Quincy Police Department for its work.
"This case will affect every officer that was a part of the investigation. It is not something they will ever forget," Farha said. "But despite these difficulties, every detective and officer worked diligently and quickly to provide my office the information we needed to prosecute this case."
The state's attorney's office announced Monday that McBride would not face aggravated DUI charges after preliminary test results ruled out the DUI charge, but the office was waiting on toxicology tests from the Illinois State Police Crime Lab.
In the crash report, the Quincy Police Department said McBride admitted to smoking marijuana shortly before leaving in her vehicle.
Emergency crews were sent to Fourth and Broadway just before 5 p.m. Friday for the crash.
The Quincy Police Department said an investigation determined a 2008 Chevrolet Impala driven by McBride was traveling west on Broadway at an apparent high rate of speed and did not stop at a red light at Fourth and Broadway. McBride's vehicle struck a 2002 Buick driven by Stephen Hendricks, 61, of Rushville, traveling north on Fourth.
Stephen Hendricks suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Blessing Hospital.
Police said McBride fled on foot and was later arrested on the Quincy Bayview Bridge.
Witnesses told police that McBride's car was driving extremely fast and failed to stop at a red light.
McBride reportedly admitted to police that she was driving "really, really fast" and using a cellphone at the time of the crash.
She remains hospitalized and will be transferred to police custody upon discharge.
Her bond was set at $5 million.
The state's attorney's office and Quincy Police Department has scheduled a press conference Friday morning to discuss the case.