A Boone County grand jury indicted the driver involved in a Florence crash that killed two twin toddlers and their grandfather, Kentucky Commonwealth's Attorney Linda Tally Smith announced Thursday.
Boone County Circuit Court officials say that an arrest warrant will be issued for Jessica Hood, 22, by the end of the business day Thursday. Hood, of Erlanger, Ky, is indicted on three counts of manslaughter in the second degree (each felonies punishable by five to ten years in the penitentiary), and two counts of assault in the fourth degree (each misdemeanors punishable by up to 12 months in the county jail) for minor injuries suffered by two other family members in the group struck by her vehicle.
Charles Napier, 52, and his family were walking on the corner of Tamarack Circle and Weaver Road in March when Hood's 2003 Chevy Malibu veered off Weaver and hit two adults walking south on the northbound shoulder. Each adult pulled a wagon carrying one of the twins.
Napier and 13-month-old twins Sean and Samantha May, were pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the indictment, Florence Police investigators accused Hood of acting “wantonly” while driving and that her car left the roadway due to distraction and inattention.
The other adult hit, Susan Elam, was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital with minor injuries. The twins brother, Ethan May, went to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center with a minor injury.
The three passengers in Hood's vehicle were not injured in the crash.
According to Nancy Wood of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, there have been 112 accidents since 2011 along the stretch of Weaver Road at U.S. 52. Of those 112 accidents, only 11 of those crashes resulted in injuries. The March accident was the first to become fatal along that stretch of Weaver Road.