Driver allegedly under the influence charged over woman’s death after car crashed into Birmingham building
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Driver allegedly under the influence charged over woman’s death after car crashed into Birmingham building

A Fairfield woman has been charged in connection with a 2021 crash that killed her passenger when a vehicle crashed into a building in Birmingham.

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted 27-year-old Zahriya Riana Miller on charges of manslaughter, according to court records made public Tuesday.

Samone Lashundra Newell, 25, also of Fairfield, was killed.

The wreck occurred at 1:25 a.m. on Friday, October 29, 2021, at 1625 Warrior Road.

The vehicle was traveling eastbound and rounded a curve.

Same Leshundra Newell

Police said it appeared the driver – now identified as Miller – lost control of the vehicle and struck the small business.

According to building workers, the vehicle broke through a double brick wall and drove inside.

Miller and Newell were taken to Princeton Baptist Medical Center, where Newell was pronounced dead at 2:13 a.m.

The indictment alleges that Miller was under the influence of alcohol when she hit the building.

Miller was initially arrested in November 2023 and was released from jail on $30,000 bail.