Driver in Indian Head Highway crash that killed 3 children held on $80K bond, officials say

The man accused of causing a 2018 vehicle crash that killed three young children and seriously injured their parents is being held on an $80,000 bond.

Thomas Hawks turned himself in to authorities on Friday after he was indicted by a grand jury in connection with the December 30 crash that left 5-year-old twins Alexander and Rosalie Mejia, and their brother 1-year-old Isaac, dead. He was arraigned on Monday where his bond was set.

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According to officials, Hawks' blood alcohol content was nearly twice the legal limit when he allegedly rear-ended the family's while he was driving a pickup truck near Wilson Bridge Drive. The parents fo the children, Alexis and Juanita Mejia, were seriously injured.

Hawks was indicted on three counts of vehicular manslaughter and two counts of causing serious injury by motor vehicle while under the influence, according to officials. If convicted on all counts, Hawks faces up to 36 years in prison.