Ex-daycare director charged in DUI crash that injured 2 kids

Mirror staff reports:

The former director of a Federal Way daycare faces prison if convicted of charges related to a DUI crash last December on Whidbey Island.

Prosecutors in Island County charged Federal Way resident Danyal L. York, 34, with three counts of vehicular assault and one count of reckless endangerment. York was charged March 5, and pleaded not guilty at her arraignment April 1. Her trial begins June 25. If convicted of the charges, she faces 15 to 20 months in prison under the standard sentencing range.

York was executive director of La Petite Academy, a daycare located at 31906 6th Ave. S. in Federal Way. She has been on medical leave since the accident and was replaced as director.

York was involved in a two-car crash Dec. 21, 2012, on State Route 525 in the Freeland area of Whidbey Island. According to charging documents, York drove her Nissan SUV into oncoming traffic, running other drivers off the road before crashing into a Toyota sedan. The head-on collision seriously injured the Toyota's three occupants, which included two adults and an 11-year-old girl.

York suffered fractured legs in the collision. Her 5-year-old son, who was riding in the backseat of the Nissan, suffered bruises to his shoulder and abdomen, according to charging documents.

State troopers reported finding a bottle of vodka in the Nissan, and York's blood-alcohol content was reported at .26 — nearly three times the legal limit in Washington. She was arrested that night. Toxicology tests also registered THC in York's system, according to charging documents.


The Whidbey News-Times contributed to this report.


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