Bryn Mawr woman charged in Aug. 6 fatal crash

Meredith Williams-Earle is charged in a driver's death.
Meredith Williams-Earle is charged in a driver's death.
Posted: August 31, 2013

She was intoxicated, and her 2-year-old - poorly secured - was a passenger when the vehicle driven by the Delaware County high-school Latin teacher ran a stop sign and struck a delivery van, killing the other driver, the Montgomery County District Attorney's office said.

On Thursday the district attorney's office charged Meredith Williams-Earle, 30, of Bryn Mawr, who teaches at Interboro High School, with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, failure to yield at a stop sign, improper child restraint, and related crimes.

Her toddler was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Just before 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 6, Winston Staats, 72, of Conshohocken, was driving a Valley Forge Flower Co. van on Spring Mill Road and was attempting to turn onto Morris Avenue when his vehicle was struck by Williams-Earle's Prius.

The force of the crash flipped the van. Staats was "partially ejected," and the van rolled over on him. He died at the scene, according to the district attorney's statement.

It said that the child seat in the car had been installed improperly and was "extremely loose." Williams-Earle's 2-year-old son was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Police detected a "strong odor" of alcohol on Williams-Earle, who had "glassy eyes" and "slightly slurred speech." They found a blue plastic cup that also had an odor of alcohol.

Williams-Earle was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where a test found her blood alcohol level to be 0.098; the Pennsylvania legal limit is 0.08.

In addition, traces of a prescription antianxiety medication were detected in her blood, according to the district attorney's statement.


Contact Mari A. Schaefer at 610-313-8111, mschaefer@phillynews.com or @MariSchaefer on Twitter.

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