MILWAUKEE (AP) – The driver of a speeding car that crashed into a tree in Milwaukee last month, killing himself, a woman and two of their children, was under the influence of methamphetamine and going over 90 mph, authorities said Thursday.
Larry Williams Jr, 29,. of Milwaukee was driving a Hyundai Elantra that went through a yellow light and crashed on Milwaukee’s North Side on Dec. 27. According to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office, toxicology tests found meth in Williams’ system but no alcohol.
Police said a download of the air bag control module revealed the car was traveling over 90 mph in a 25-mph zone just before the crash, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Williams, 22-year-old Ayana Hill and two of their children – 2-year-old Yana Williams and 5-month-old Larry Williams IV – were killed. A 1-year-old girl survived.
The crash split the car in two. Hill was found under the rear half of the vehicle. Tire marks were seen in the road about 100 feet west of the initial crash into the tree.
Williams’ mother told the medical examiner’s office he did not drink alcohol but did smoke marijuana. She denied additional drug use by her son.