• Linda Donnelly Morris

Kentucky woman to plead guilty in fatal car crash

Nearly three years after the death of an Owingsville, Kentucky, woman in a car crash, the driver of the other car is set to enter a guilty plea in her death. The crash occurred May 1, 2016.

The deceased was a 23-year-old graduate of Morehead State University. She was driving her 2006 Pontiac Torrent westbound on Kentucky 32 when a Dodge Durango, traveling eastbound, crossed the median and struck her car. The Rowan County coroner pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

Toxicology reports showed the woman driving the Dodge had a blood alcohol content level of 0.21 percent – or about 2.5 times the legal limit. Now 33, she is set to plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter, which carries a prison term of 10 to 20 years.

At a hearing, three witnesses who were on the road at the time of the crash testified. One said the Durango veered left into the wrong-way lane and that there wasn't an animal or any obstacle on the road that required evasive action.

The next witness, who was driving behind the Pontiac, said the young woman was not weaving and made no sudden movements.

The third witness, a friend of the Dodge driver, said that woman was supposed to be the designated driver for her group but had two cocktails and several beers at a local establishment. While people in her group attempted to take the keys from her, the woman insisted on driving. The witness refused to get in the vehicle and walked instead. She came upon the crash site and was sure that a tragedy involving her friend had ensued.

Families that suffer such unimaginable losses should seek guidance from an attorney to help get the justice and compensation they deserve.

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