Man arrested after deadly Apopka crash kills 7-year-old, injures mother, sibling, police say

A man with an extensive criminal history is facing several charges including felony murder following a crash that killed a 7-year-old and injured the boy's mother and sibling, police said.

Around 8:09 a.m., police said Marcus Antone Williams was committing a burglary to a car in the Mainline Subdivision. He was confronted by the car's owner before he sped off at a high rate of speed. 

Williams was reportedly observed driving recklessly at a speed of about 80 mph on a 30 mph residential street. 

At the intersection of North Maine Ave and Summit Street, Williams crashed into a car carrying a mother and her two children

The two children and their mother were taken to the hospital, where the 7-year-old died, police said. The mother was listed in stable condition at the hospital. The 6-year-old was treated and released.

Williams was also injured in the crash and is pending surgery. 

Kimberly Walsh, spokesperson for Apopka police, told FOX 35 that the three were on their way to school Thursday morning when the three were hit.

Williams has been charged with:

  • Burglary of an unoccupied conveyance
  • Felony murder
  • Vehicular homicide
  • DWLS causing death

"The Apopka Police Department's thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time," the agency said in a statement.

Orange County court records show a list of cases against Williams. He is accused of stealing cars at least three times and even attempted murder in 2019.

A 2022 affidavit for an arrest warrant out of Apopka says Williams to that point had 43 felony charges to his name. A 2019 warrant lists his criminal history, headlined by homicide, robbery with a firearm, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.