Driver Accused of Killing Mother, 2 Sons "Under the Influence"

By Melanie Posey

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A 19-year old Leeds man accused of killing a mother and her two young sons was under the influence of alcohol, authorities said Tuesday.

Alabama State Troopers have charged Manley Williams with three counts of murder and one count of first degree assault.  They say he was speeding and had been drinking when he crashed into the car being driven by 32-year old Jessica Fields of Sylacauga.  Fields and her two sons, 9-year old Tony and 8-year old John, were killed in the accident.  It happened around 10:30 Friday night at the intersection of Highway 280 and Highway 55 in Shelby County.

Field's 12-year-old daughter, Angelia, was also injured in the wreck and flown to Children's Hospital. Tuesday her condition was downgraded from serious to critical.  A family member says she is suffering from internal including bruised lungs, eight broken ribs and a broken arm in two places. Her father, Tony, remains at the hospital with her; therefore, funeral arrangements for his wife and sons have not been made yet.

This is not the first time Manley Williams has faced traffic violations. In May of this year he plead guilty to going 94 miles an hour in a 70 speed zone. And then in October, he plead guilty to going 88 miles an hour in a 70  speed zone.

Authorities are still trying to determine if Williams was with six other young people earlier in the evening before the accident.  Those young people went to the wreck scene a few hours after it happened and were arrested for various drug and alcohol charges.   Tonight, Manley remains in the Shelby County Jail on one-million dollars bond.