Infamous Capitol Rioter Charged In Fatal DUI Crash

St. Louis’s NBC News affiliate reports:

A Sullivan woman who was involved in the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot is facing a DUI charge after a fatal crash Wednesday night. The crash happened at around 7 p.m. along Interstate 44 in Franklin County. According to the crash report, 22-year-old Emily Hernandez was driving a Volkswagen Passat the wrong way on I-44 when she crashed into a Buick Enclave. The Buick traveled into the median and hit cable barriers.

A passenger in the Buick was pronounced dead at the scene and has been identified as 32-year-old Victoria Wilson. Hernandez and the driver of the Buick were both taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Last year, Hernandez was seen in an ITV News video that showed rioters storm the Capitol. She was seen holding up a broken piece of a wooden sign that read, “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.”

The Daily Beast reports:

Hernandez was charged in district court for her role in the riot, including knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority, disorderly conduct which impedes government business, stealing, disruptive conduct in the Capitol, and demonstrating in the Capitol.

She was scheduled to plead guilty Monday to charges in that case. The two people she traveled to D.C. with included a man identified by authorities as her uncle, William D. “Bill” Merry, who pleaded guilty this week to theft of government property after he was seen in a photo alongside Hernandez holding the Pelosi sign while wearing a red “Trump 2020” cap