Posted on Nov 03, 2023

2 drivers sentenced for crash that killed 3 teens in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Two people charged in connection with a fatal crash in Indianapolis have been sentenced after pleading guilty, according to a WXIN report.

The two are 52-year-old Okadema Link and his daughter, 27-year-old Shantiana Willis, both of Indianapolis.  They entered guilty pleas Thursday on three charges each of causing death while operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

The two were charged after an accident on May 23, 2020 on Kessler Boulevard North Drive on the city's northwest side at about 1:20 a.m.  Authorities said Link and Williams were both driving at excessive speeds and crashed into each other.  Link then drove over a white fog line and struck three teenagers, ages 15, 14 and 13, who were walking in the roadway.  All three pedestrians were killed.

Link fled the scene of the crash without stopping to help, but later returned.  A third driver also left the scene.

Link and Williams were found to have been intoxicated at the time of the incident.  Following the guilty pleas in Marion County Court, Link was given a sentence of 15 years, while Williams was sentenced to 9 years.