Tuesday, 02 May 2017 16:39

Collierville Teen Indicted on Vehicular Homicide Charges

May 2, 2017 – A young Collierville woman was indicted Tuesday on vehicular homicide and other charges stemming from a four-vehicle crash two years ago that killed one person and injured four others, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Sterling Grace Panchikal, 19, also was indicted on three counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
The crash occurred on her 17th birthday, May 2, 2015, on Bill Morris Parkway just west of Hacks Cross Road.
Killed in the crash was Alejandra Sanchez-Ponce, 47, a Memphis woman who was driving another vehicle. Her 27-year-old daughter was critically injured. A woman and two children in a third vehicle sustained non-critical injuries.
Investigators said Panchikal was eastbound on Bill Morris Parkway when her vehicle crossed over the grass median, struck a cable barrier and entered the westbound lanes. Her car struck two other vehicles head-on. A fourth vehicle was hit by debris from the crash.
Investigators found vodka, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the defendant’s vehicle.