Man indicted for fatal I-71 crash

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office has announced an indictment against Stanley Ivey, who is accused of causing a fatal and fiery crash on Interstate 71.

Ivey, 57, of Louisville, Ohio, was indicted for aggravated vehicular homicide, inducing panic and involuntary manslaughter.

Police say Ivey was operating his Ford Mustang at an extreme rate of speed on Oct. 4 when he drove into the left shoulder and hit and killed James Lester, of Loveland. Lester was tending to his disabled car on southbound I-71 near the Ronald Reagan Highway. Upon impact, Lester's car burst into flames.

Numerous witnesses reported seeing Ivey drive in excess of 100 miles per hour. An Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper attempted to stop Ivey, but could not catch up. Prosecutors say Ivey's vehicle was outfitted with equipment installed after purchase to make his car go even faster than a factory-issued vehicle.

Ivey remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

"There is no reason James Lester should be dead," said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. "His death was the direct result of recklessness and stupidity on the part of Stanley Ivey."

Ivey faces up to 16.5 years in prison if convicted.

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