OJ Stapleton Editor
August 14, 2014
A Logan County man plead guilty last week to reckless homicide after he admitted fault in a fatal accident.
20-year-old Troy L. Gregory of Auburn was involved in an accident with his former girlfriend, 19-year-old Tracy Owen of Lewisburg, on April 30, 2013 on on Hwy. 68-80 between Russellville and Auburn.
On Thursday, Aug. 7, Gregory admitted he was speeding at not paying attention at the time of the accident as part of a plea agreement worked out with Commonwealth Attorney Gail Guiling.
Guiling will be seeking the maximum penalty for the crime of reckless homicide when Circuit Judge Tyler Gill sentences Gregory on Sept. 18.
Gregory had been out of jail for several months on a $2,000 bond after he was indicted on Nov. 22, 2013, on a charge of first degree manslaughter for allegedly causing an accident that caused the death of his former girlfriend.
This indictment came at the end of a six month investigation into the accident by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department and the Kentucky State Police. Through combined efforts, an accident reconstruction investigation took place, while a separate criminal investigation was being conducted.
During the investigation, the sheriff’s department found that a 1987 Chevy pickup truck, operated by Gregory, had entered the lane of travel of a 1998 Chevy Monte Carlo, operated by Owen. Upon collision in Owen’s lane of travel, Owen’s vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Owen was later pronounced dead at the scene.