20-year-old Travis Grayson allegedly told cops he drank 10 beers and smoked marijuana

By Tara Fowler
Updated September 28, 2015 10:20 AM
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A 6-year-old girl was killed in Shaler Township, Pennsylvania, by an alleged drunk driver on Saturday night.

Ava Campbell was playing with her mother in a friend’s driveway when she was allegedly mowed down by 20-year-old Travis Grayson, according to WPXI.

Witnesses told police that Grayson drove off the road, hitting a mailbox and swerving across a yard before running into Ava and her mother, Amber Campbell, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The car barely missed Ava’s sister.

Amber was flipped into the air but received only minor injuries. Ava, on the other hand, sustained a fractured pelvis, as well as severe damage to her lungs and liver. She was pronounced dead at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on early Sunday morning, according to the newspaper.

Grayson allegedly tried to leave the scene, but was stopped by witnesses. According to a criminal complaint obtained by the Post-Gazette, he admitted to police that he “was driving like a stupid idiot.” He also allegedly confessed to drinking 10 beers and smoking marijuana before getting behind the wheel. At the time of the accident, Grayson was driving 30 miles over the speed limit for the neighborhood.

After witnesses prevented him from leaving, Grayson called his mother, neighbor Judy Templin-Williams told the Post-Gazette. “Mom, I just ruined my life,” Grayson allegedly said.

When police arrived on the scene, they noted that Grayson showed signs of impairment and smelled strongly of alcohol, according to WPXI. However, they did not administer a field sobriety test for his own safety as a crowd gathered, which the criminal complaint described as “agitated.”

Officers had to physically restrain Ava’s father, Dave Campbell, from attacking Grayson, the complaint says.

Grayson was charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, driving under the influence and other counts, KDKA reports.

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