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Utility worker dies after being pinned under vehicle by alleged drunk driver

The Honda slammed into the parked cable truck around 12:30 a.m. (FOX19) The Honda slammed into the parked cable truck around 12:30 a.m. (FOX19)
Brenda J. Amerson, from Florence Police. Brenda J. Amerson, from Florence Police.
FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - An alleged drunk driver crashed into a utility bucket truck overnight, sending a worker to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

A Honda driving north on Dixie Highway near Glenrose slammed into the truck, which was subcontracted to Time Warner Cable, around 12:30 a.m.

One utility worker was in the bucket stringing wires across the highway while another stood on the ground, according to officials.

The ground worker was pinned under the truck and flown to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased, police say.  The victim was identified by police as Joel D. Rebennack, 30, of Florence. 

The female driver of the Honda, identified by Florence police as Brenda J. Amerson, was treated for minor injuries before being arrested. Amerson was released from the Boone County Detention Center and originally charged with first degree aggravated DUI charge.  

Officials say since the death of Rebennack, a warrant was obtained by Florence police for Amerson for second degree manslaughter, first degree endangerment and first degree criminal mischief.  Amerson was arrested again Friday night and transported back to the Boone County Detention Center.

Dixie Highway was shut down for several hours while for clean-up and an investigation. It has since reopened.

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