Accused 1/6 Rioter Emily Hernandez, Seen Holding Pelosi Sign, Arrested in Fatal DUI Crash

A woman facing charges as part of the Jan. 6 insurrection on the United States Capitol is now in even more legal trouble.

Emily Hernandez, a 22-year-old woman who was reportedly spotted holding a piece of the sign from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's office during last year's riot, was recently arrested in connection with a deadly crash in Missouri.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Hernandez was allegedly driving a Volkswagen Passat driving the wrong direction on Interstate 44 eastbound in Frankin County on Tuesday evening, around 7 p.m. Police said Hernandez's vehicle continued in the wrong direction until it reportedly hit a Buick Enclave.

The collision reportedly caused the Buick to go into the median, striking cable barriers, police said. According to reports, the Buick's passenger, Victoria Wilson, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband, who police said was driving the Buick at the time of the crash, sustained serious injuries. He was taken to the same hospital for treatment as Hernandez. The name of the Buick's driver was not released.

Following the crash, Hernandez was taken into custody by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and now faces preliminary charges for driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated resulting in the death of another, driving while intoxicated resulting in serious physical injury and excessive blood alcohol content. Hernandez has not been formally charged in court in connection with the crash and a court date for these charges was not immediately available.

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Emily Hernandez, who has been charged in connection with the January 6 Capitol riot, is now facing charges in connection to a deadly DUI crash in Missouri. Pictured, a photo of the crowd in front of the U.S. Capitol on January 6. (Provided Photo/Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

The crash came just days before Hernandez's lawyer said she was set to plead guilty to one of the five misdemeanor charges she faces for her reported part in the U.S. Capitol insurrection.

The charges Hernandez faced in connection to the insurrection included knowingly entering and remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority, demonstrating in the Capitol and knowingly engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building with intent to impede the order conduct of government.

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the riot on the United States Capitol. In recognition of the anniversary of the January 6, 2021 riot, President Joe Biden posted on Twitter that "You can't love your country when you win. You can't obey the law only when it's convenient. You can't be patriotic when you embrace or enable lies."

Biden went on to accuse former President Donald Trump of spreading "lies about the 2020 election."

"Here is the truth: The former president of the United States has created and spread lies about the 2020 election," Biden said on Twitter. "He's done so because he values power over principle. Because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or Constitution."

In a statement released on Thursday, Trump continued to assert the 2020 election was "rigged."

"To watch Biden speaking is very hurtful to many people," Trump said. "They're the ones who tried to stop the peaceful transfer with a rigged election. Just look at the numbers."

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President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump issued statements with differing points of view about the January 6, 2001 Capitol riot on the one-year anniversary on Thursday. Pictured, pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. Getty Images/Jon Cherry