The Escondido Police Department released the following statement Thursday:
On May 5, 2020, Escondido Police and Fire responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian collision on San Pasqual Valley Road at Oak Hill Drive. Tragically, four pedestrians were struck and killed in the collision.
On June 4, 2020, Escondido Police obtained an arrest warrant for Ashley Rene Williams (28) from Escondido, the driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrians. Police executed a search warrant on Williams’ home where she was taken into custody. She was arrested for Murder (4 separate counts) and Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated (4 separate counts) and will be booked into the Vista Detention Facility after processing.
This case has been a devastating event for our community. Investigators spent many hours putting together this case and we want the public to understand the following:
• All murder cases take time, energy, and a team of investigators to gather and process the evidence.
• Moreover, the nature of vehicle-related death investigations require significant follow-up investigation including vehicle computer analysis, cell phone analysis, roadway computations, and lab tests.
• When arrests are made too quickly and without enough investigation, the DA’s office may not be able to prosecute the case because the case cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.