LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The aunt of two toddler girls killed in a suspected DUI crash last week was wheeled into Las Vegas Justice Court Tuesday morning. The children’s mother remains hospitalized due to the extent of her injuries.
The toddlers, 2-year-old Rose Wilmer and 3-year-old Taylor Wilmer, were passengers in the mini-van, along with their mother, 23-year-old Raenysa Washington. The vehicle was driven by 25-year-old Kaleah Manning.
Both women, who are also sisters, are facing charges in the crash.
Manning’s blood alcohol level was measured at .191, more than twice the legal limit in Nevada, an arrest report stated.
Manning faces the following charges:
- Three counts of DUI resulting in substantial bodily harm or death
- Two counts of child neglect/endangerment resulting in death
- Operating a vehicle with a suspended registration
- Two counts of operating a vehicle without child safety restraints
- No proof of insurance
- Failure to maintain a travel lane
- Two counts of child restraint violation
During the court appearance, the judge set Manning’s bail at $100,000 and Washington’s at $25,000, according to Dan Winder, who is representing both women, adding it is “likely they will post bail.”
He added that Manning was in a wheelchair because her injuries include a broken ankle. Washington’s injuries include two broken legs. She is facing two counts of child abuse/neglect resulting in substantial bodily harm or death.
According to the arrest report, Manning drank tequila, possibly an entire bottle, with a friend prior to the crash on Sunday, Dec. 11, on North Scott Robinson Drive near Lone Mountain Road.
Rose died at the scene of the crash and Taylor died at the hospital. Both women were seriously injured and hospitalized after the crash.
North Las Vegas police said speeding and impairment caused Manning to lose control of the mini-van, sideswiping trees, hitting a light pole and a wall, and then crashing into a palm tree head-on. Neither child was in child restraints as required by law. Both were buckled in adult seat belts.
Both women are scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 4, 2023.