Guilty plea reached in fatal Kentucky DUI crash

A guilty plea has been submitted in a fatal Kentucky DUI crash stemming back to 2016. The plea was entered late in August. The crash killed a teen from Sebree last year. The guilty plea of manslaughter is a lesser charge for the defendant in the case, a 20-year-old from Union County.

The plea of guilty to second-degree manslaughter was entered in Union County Circuit Court on Aug. 28. The charged was changed from murder. The defendant pleaded guilty to a host of other charges that included failure to wear a seat belt, third offense for driving under the influence, second offense for driving with a suspended license and wanton endangerment in the first-degree.

It is recommended that the defendant be sentenced to 10 years in prison. Sentencing will take place on Oct. 3. The prosecution is not seeking probation as part of the plea agreement.

The defendant was accused of being the driver of a vehicle that was involved in an accident that killed a 16-year-old girl on June 5, 2016. The accident happened in Union County on Kentucky 492 around two in the morning.

The vehicle being driven by the defendant was a 2013 Dodge Durango. The vehicle crashed and then rolled multiple times. Both the defendant and the victim were ejected from the Durango. The two ejected did not have seat belts on at the time of the crash. A third occupant, who was not injured, was wearing a seat belt.

Have you or a loved one been injured in a drunk driving accident in Jefferson or the surrounding area? You can find out about your rights as a victim by speaking to a motor vehicle accidents attorney.

Source: Kentucky New Era, "Union County man pleads to manslaughter in DUI fatal," Sep. 07, 2017

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