Driver In Fatal Crash Avoids Felony Charges

Police Can't Determine What Vehicle Crossed Center Line

A man suspected of driving drunk will not face felony charges in a crash between a van and a motorcycle that killed two people.

Donald Gipson, 52, was charged on Friday with two misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated in connection with a Tuesday night crash near the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Samoa Street.

Both people on the motorcycle -- Donald Wilson Jr., 35, and Erica Alexandria Evans Ford, 29 -- were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

"I don't know what happened," Gipson told 6News' Derrik Thomas outside of court on Friday. "I was coming down Massachusetts (Avenue), and went from there."

Investigators said that the impact was near the center line and that they weren't sure which vehicle had drifted into the opposite lane.

Tyjuan Carver, who witnessed the crash, said he doesn't believe the motorcycle crossed the double yellow line.

"I don't know if he was going too fast or what, but I know for sure the motorcycle wasn't in the opposite lane," he said.

But police said the motorcycle struck the van's front driver's side wheel at an angle.

"It was a horrible, tragic accident, but there wasn't enough we could show that made it appear that the driver, even though he was consuming alcohol, that we could show he was driving recklessly," said deputy prosecutor Barb Crawford.

Officers said they found a bottle of gin in the van, and that Gipson told them he had been drinking beer with his girlfriend and had done crack cocaine earlier in the day.

He registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.16 after the crash, more than twice the legal limit, police said.

"I said I was sorry about it," Gipson said outside court. A hearing over reducing his $60,000 bond is set for next week.