Grand jury declines to indict in 2019 fatal crash

BY FRED PETKE

Sun Reporter

The Clark County grand jury decided not to indict the driver in a 2019 crash that killed a Winchester woman.

In its Feb. 5 report, the grand jury issued a no true bill for 43-year-old Misty Perry for the May 26, 2019, crash on U.S. 60.

According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Perry was traveling west when her pickup truck crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle, driven by 22-year-old Evan Towles of Winchester.

The truck then struck a second vehicle, driven by 43-year-old Rondolyn Renee Keita of Winchester, head-on.

Keita succumbed to her injuries in the University of Kentucky Medical Center about two hours after the crash.

Deputies said they responded to the scene at 9:35 p.m.

Witnesses said the headlights of Perry’s truck were not on at the time of the crash, and that is crossed the center line multiple times.

Initially, Perry was unconscious at the scene, but deputies administered Narcan and she regained consciousness. She was flown from the scene to the UK Medical Center as well. Reportedly she was not wearing her seat belt.

Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr. said Wednesday speed was not a factor in the crash and toxicology testing was not able to prove that Perry was impaired at the time of the crash.

Two other passengers in Perry’s truck were injured, but a third was not. Towles and his two passengers escaped injury.

Perry was not charged following the crash.

The grand jury returned the following indictments:

• Anthony L. Lanning, theft by unlawful taking over $500.

• James M. Webb, second-degree burglary.

• Kenneth Parsons, possession or viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

• James D. Bowman and Brittany N. Childers, first-degree burglary.

• James S. Woodard, first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and first-degree persistent felony offender.

• Dewayne Cooper, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and receiving stolen property over $500.

• Dewayne Cooper, receiving stolen property over $500.

• Dewayne Cooper, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

• Justin H. Rawlins, first-degree strangulation.

• Andrea Anglin and Seab Anglin, tampering with physical evidence, failure to report child or dependent neglect or abuse ( A. Anglin), tampering with a witness (A. Anglin).

• Stacy D. Thacker, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, public intoxication.

• Robert C. Williams, complicity to sell or transfer a simulated controlled substance.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@bluegrassnewsmedia.com or call 859-759-0051.

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