Wednesday, 21 January 2015 14:47

Motorist Pleads Guilty in Four-Fatality Alcohol-Related Crash

Davis Brooks Davis Brooks SCSO
MEMPHIS – Jan. 21, 2015 - A motorist involved in a Christmas Eve crash three years ago that killed four women pleaded guilty today to alcohol-related vehicular homicide and other charges, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Davis Brooks, 41, whose blood-alcohol content was .26, pleaded guilty as charged to four counts of vehicular homicide involving intoxication, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (his vehicle), identity theft and driving on a suspended license.
Brooks, who gave officers a false name at the scene, remains in custody and will be sentenced on Feb. 27 by Criminal Court Judge James Beasley Jr.
Killed in the crash were sisters Tarla Fisher, 47, and Shirley Watkins, 44, their niece Crystal Hill, 26, and a family friend, Marjorie Tucker, 42. All were from Memphis.
The crash occurred around 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 24, 2011, on Raleigh-Millington Road on the Loosahatchie Bridge.
Investigators said Brooks was traveling at a high rate of speed when his Chevy Silverado struck the rear of the victims’ Chevy Impala and pushed it into the path of an oncoming Ford F-150 pickup truck.
The women were killed instantly and two men in the pickup truck were injured.
Brooks faces 12 to 20 years on each vehicular homicide conviction, 6 to 10 years on aggravated assault, 4 to 8 years on the identity theft and 11 months and 29 days for driving on a suspended license.
The case was handled by the DA’s DUI Prosecution Task Force, including chief prosecutor Billy Bond and assistant district attorneys Michael McCusker and Jen Morris.