Brewton Teen Enters Manslaughter Plea In Deadly Hit And Run

September 13, 2017

An Alabama teen accused of hitting a middle school student with her vehicle, then leaving the scene, entered a plea in court Monday.

Monday, Donnavia Zandra Williams entered a blind plea to manslaughter, throwing herself at the mercy of the court. She could face two to 20 years in prison.

Williams was 17 in February of 2016, when the deadly crash occurred. She told police her windshield was icy, and she’d thought she hit a mailbox.

Devon Spencer, 12, and a friend were walking on Williamson Street, traveling from an apartment complex to W.S. Neal Middle School. The friend was not seriously injured, but Devon died a few days later at Sacred Heart Hospital.

Her sentencing is set for November 2017.

Pictured top: Devon Spencer.


17 Responses to “Brewton Teen Enters Manslaughter Plea In Deadly Hit And Run”

  1. chris on September 14th, 2017 7:26 pm

    A hate crime? Explain that one.

  2. Bob C. on September 13th, 2017 9:08 pm

    So, even if it was a mailbox you hit then it’s okay to just keep on going?
    Sounds like an entitled coddled kid whose parent was more than willing to conspire to cover up what in another case could be called Murder and a hate crime.

    Sad for the loss of a promising young life at the hands of a callous teen and mom.

  3. 2 sweet on September 13th, 2017 8:54 pm

    She could have stopped to see what it was she hit that poor baby was wondering what just happened to me and asking for his mother and if ask what was his last words she could tell his parents because she just left.

  4. A Alex on September 13th, 2017 8:03 pm

    What about the mother that was hiding what happened. Thought the mother was with her…..

  5. paul on September 13th, 2017 7:48 pm

    I don’t believe in the mail box excuse.
    she knew what she did.
    Anytime someone causes a death with a vehicle their cellphone records should be checked to see if they were distracted.
    she showed no mercy after she hit him… I hope the Judge does the same..

  6. Well on September 13th, 2017 6:01 pm

    I’m with you Mom.

    This could well be two young lives lost in this tragedy.

  7. Chris on September 13th, 2017 3:24 pm

    Im assuming she is going to be tried as an adult?

  8. Pop on September 13th, 2017 1:26 pm

    If it was an acidental death why is she getting charged. Because she left the scene I guess??? I could see being charged if she was drunk or high!

  9. Mom on September 13th, 2017 9:17 am

    This is just sad all the way around….no one can win in this situation. I pray for all involved.

  10. Hit And Run on September 13th, 2017 9:09 am

    A lighter sentence for taking a child’s life? The hit and run driver who hit me and left me for dead is still out there living with their secret. Maybe that one thought they hit a mailbox too…

  11. concerned citizen on September 13th, 2017 8:16 am

    This is a sad case of a noncaring human being! Donnavina has showed great examples that she careless about the life of others! This women has had multiple dui’s after she killed that inocent child! So before you throw a pitty party for her just keep in mind that you or one of your family members can be the next victim of the this heartless sad case of a human!

  12. William on September 13th, 2017 8:13 am

    >>Williams entered a blind plea to manslaughter” Never hears that one before. Is that a no contest?

    “A blind plea is a guilty plea without a set sentence. This is different than a standard plea bargain, in which the defense and prosecution agree on a guilty plea, and in exchange, the prosecution will recommend a lighter sentence.”

  13. Some Dude on September 13th, 2017 7:19 am

    Also, I’m not saying what she did was okay. And in my previous comment I meant that if someone (regardless of age) hit one of my sons I would pray they went to prison

  14. anne 1of2 on September 13th, 2017 7:16 am

    I thought all drivers at least get out of the car to see what they hit.

  15. Some Dude on September 13th, 2017 7:14 am

    Stories like this always tear me up… on one hand I was 17 once, and I’m sure no one will argue that they too did stupid stuff at that age. This girl is probably terrified and now over half of her life can be spent behind bars. I also have three sons (although younger than the victim) and can say if it happened to one of mine I would pray they were locked up forever. It’s easy to pass judgement, but it’s hard to imagine what it’s like for either of the families or the young girl. I’m truly sorry for both families.

  16. Master Mechanic on September 13th, 2017 3:49 am

    IMO if her windshield is iced up,,,,,use defroster to melt said ice & don’t drive till you can see clearly.If she can’t till difference between a pedestrian & mailbox,perhaps a trip to eye Dr.

  17. Chris on September 13th, 2017 2:45 am

    Williams entered a blind plea to manslaughter”

    Never hears that one before.
    Is that a no contest?

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