TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

Local News

January 24, 2013

2 women indicted for string of I-75 vehicle crashes

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Two Whitley County women were each handed a five-count indictment in Whitley County Circuit Court Tuesday in connection with a string of car crashes along I-75 Thanksgiving weekend.

Angela A. Vannatter, 41, of Williamsburg, and Elizabeth Paul, 24, of Rockholds, face multiple charges after allegedly causing five car crashes while driving southbound in the northbound lanes of the interstate.

The last of those crashes sent three people, one of which was an infant, to Baptist Regional Medical Center.

Vannatter, the alleged driver, faces five counts in her indictment. The first three counts are all second-degree assault after crashing into a vehicle in which Laura McGregor, Nathan McGregor and an infant were traveling in, causing “serious physical injury” to all three. That crash allegedly occurred while Vannatter was driving under the influence.

Count IV of her indictment charges her with first-degree wanton endangerment “when she manifested extreme indifference to human life by wantonly driving a vehicle while under the influence so as to cause substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to Chris Smith.”

The fifth count charges Vannatter with first-degree criminal mischief “by intentionally doing damage to a 2005 Honda Pilot vehicle belonging to (the McGregors) causing damage in excess of $1,000.”

Paul, who was riding with Vannatter, also faces five counts in her indictment.

The first three counts indict her on separate criminal complicity to commit second-degree assault charges when she “aided and assisted (Vannatter) in operating a motor vehicle” which crashed into the McGregors’ vehicle.

The fourth count also charges Paul with criminal complicity to commit first-degree wanton endangerment after allegedly helping Vannatter “(manifest) extreme indifference to human life by allowing (Vannatter) to wantonly drive a vehicle while under the influence so as to cause substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to Chris Smith.”

The fifth count states Paul was criminally complicit to commit first-degree criminal mischief after “aiding” Vannatter in damaging the McGregors’ vehicle.

Vannatter is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 4. Paul’s next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 18.

Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird said the department received 911 calls around 1:30 a.m. Nov. 24 concerning a vehicle traveling south in the northbound lane of I-75 from Exit 15.

While being dispatched, Bird said Whitley County 911 began receiving the same calls, adding several vehicles had been sideswiped. The suspect vehicle continued to travel south in the northbound lane, despite having hit other drivers, he said.

Finally, a head-on collision with the McGregors at the 12 mile marker stopped the drive. Williamsburg Police Captain Eddie Cain arrived at the crash site and determined the two women were under the influence of alcohol, and even discovered an open container inside the vehicle.

Both women were jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 10 arrested for drugs after investigation

    Ten people were arrested Thursday following a three-month investigation of illegal drug activity, according to Kentucky State Police Post 11 —  London Public Affairs Officer Trooper Lloyd Cochran.

    April 18, 2014

  • Jury trial May 14 for man in murder case

    A man facing murder charges after the December 2012 beating death of a Corinth Community man appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Thursday.

    April 18, 2014

  • Police Roundup - April 18, 2014

    Two parents were charged with child endangerment early Thursday after they walked to Wal-Mart in North Corbin with a toddler, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

    April 18, 2014

  • Council members approve budget amendment

    Barbourville City Council members held the second reading of a budget amendment during a special-called meeting Thursday — with no one there to hear it.

    April 18, 2014

  • London-Laurel Tourism Commission budget approved

    The 2014-2015 budget for the London-Laurel County Tourism Commission was approved at Tuesday’s meeting, according to Co-Director Kim Collier.

    April 18, 2014

  • London-Laurel Chamber holds monthly meeting

    The London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce held its monthly meeting Thursday afternoon at the Jackson Energy Cooperative Community Room.

    April 18, 2014

  • Budget amendment gets first read

    Barbourville City Council members held the first reading of a budget amendment during a special-called meeting Wednesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • Community garden meeting coming April 25

    Some folks in Knox County are looking at bringing some green space to Barbourville, and they need some help. But first, they’ll have an informational meeting on the community garden project next Friday, April 25.

    April 17, 2014

  • Crash on Wyan Road seriously injures two

    Two men remain in a Lexington hospital with serious injuries Wednesday, after they were involved in a one-car crash west of London Tuesday evening.

    April 17, 2014

  • Public meeting at Goldbug Vol. Fire and Rescue Dept.

    A public meeting is slated for 8 p.m. tonight at Goldbug Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, located at 869 Highway 26, Williamsburg.

    April 17, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter