VIRGINIA: Prince William Police charged Ronal Eriberto Guillen with aggravated DUI manslaughter in the death of Lataja Wilkins

Ronal Eriberto Guillen charged with aggravated DUI manslaughter for killing Lataja Wilkins

WOODBRIDGE, VA. –A drunk driver going the wrong way on a divided highway crashed into an oncoming vehicle and killed the young mother who was driving the vehicle he blasted into head-on.

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 On October 22, 2020, at 6:09 AM, Prince William County Police report that their investigators with the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Springwoods Dr and Old Bridge Rd to investigate a two-vehicle crash.

Police say that Ronal Eriberto GUILLEN, 32, of Triangle, Va., the operator of a 2011 Ford Explorer made a left turn from Glenridge Drive onto Springwoods Drive, traveling southbound in the northbound lanes. The driver of the Ford continued in the wrong direction until the vehicle collided with Lataja Ikea Reena Wilkins, the driver of a 2011 Toyota Camry, who was traveling northbound on Springwoods Drive.

The driver of the Toyota was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision and was transported to an area hospital where she died as a result of her injuries sustained during the crash. Two children, an 8-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, were in the backseat of the Toyota properly restrained and sustained injuries.

 The children were also transported to an area hospital where they are expected to recover from their injuries. The driver, and only occupant, of the Ford was not injured and was determined to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

Following the investigation, the driver of the Ford, identified as Ronal Eriberto GUILLEN, was arrested. Investigators are seeking to speak with anyone who may have witnessed this crash.

Arrested on October 22: Ronal Eriberto GUILLEN, 26, of 13076 Quate Lane in Woodbridge, charged with aggravated DUI manslaughter. A preliminary hearing is set for January 19, 2021.

We lost a true angel today. Lataja was hit by a drunk driver this morning with both of her kids in the car. Fortunately, both of the kids survived and are recovering.

Lataja was an amazing mom, person, and friend. She was loved by anyone who met her. She was a huge part of our Apollo family and she can never be replaced. She knew every single student that walked through the door and treated each kid like they were her own. I’m not sure what we are going to do without her sweet face waiting for us at the desk every night. 

Lataja worked as a nurse during the day and as a rec manager at Apollo Gymnastics at night. She put everything she had into her work while still being the best mom for her kids. Everything she did was for her kids, so we are asking for your help in making sure we continue to support Jazelle and Jayce. 

We lost a family member today and our hearts are broken. But we can’t imagine what these two little kiddos are about to endure without their mama. Please donate if you can. Any little bit helps. And share this page.