Emily Hernandez, 22, of Sullivan, Missouri, United States was driving a 2014 Volkswagen Passat on January 5, 2022. On the same day, Ryan E. Wilson, 36, of St. Clair, Missouri was driving a 2019 Buick Enclave with his wife Victoria “Vickie” N. Wilson, 32, in the passenger’s seat.
Ryan and Vickie were preparing to commemorate their 15th anniversary. They were returning with carry-outs from Applebee’s in Sullivan to celebrate.
Shortly after 7:00 p.m. that night, Hernandez was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes and driving in the wrong direction on Interstate 44 in Franklin County, Missouri. Her 2014 Volkswagen Passat struck the front of the Wilsons’ 2019 Buick Enclave, which was pushed into the median and struck cable barriers, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The 2014 Volkswagen Passat came to stop in the right lane of the eastbound lanes while the 2019 Buick Enclave went on and hit cable barriers in the median. At 7:29 p.m., paramedics pronounced Vickie dead at the scene of the crash.
St. Clair Ambulance personnel took Ryan to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan and Hernandez to Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur, Missouri for treatment. They both suffered serious injuries in the crash.
According to Vickie’s sister Angie Ortiz, Ryan will require surgeries. Ortiz told Emissourian that he suffered injuries to his left hand, left arm and right foot.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol later arrested Hernandez. She is accused of driving while intoxicated resulting in death and driving while intoxicated resulting in serious physical injury to another.
Hernandez was a student and an athlete at Sullivan High School. Wearing a St. Louis Cardinals shirt, she was caught on camera holding Nancy Pelosi‘s broken wooden nameplate and a white manila envelope during the infamous U.S. Capitol riot in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021.
On January 19, 2021, Hernandez turned herself into the Federal Bureau of Investigation‘s office in St. Louis with her attorney Ethan Corlija. Charged with five misdemeanors related to the U.S. Capitol riot, she was released without bond and scheduled to plead guilty to at least one misdemeanor charge related to the federal case on January 10, 2022.