Jessica Hood in a Boone County courtroom Wednesday. (FOX19 NOW)
The 13-month old twin victims of the accident. (Provided photos)
FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) -
An attorney for the driver charged in a deadly Florence crash says there’s no indication the 22-year-old was using her cell phone before hitting a man and his two grandchildren in March.
Jessica Hood appeared in court Wednesday after surrendering to police and posting bond Tuesday.
Florence Police investigators accused Hood of being distracted when she hit Napier, 52, and 13-month-old twins Sean and Samantha May. An indictment claims Hood acted “wantonly” while driving and that her car left the roadway due to inattention.
Dan Dickerson, Hood’s attorney, said he has “absolutely no idea” the evidence a grand jury heard to support the manslaughter indictment. Investigators have had Hood’s cell phone since the accident.
“She was talked to at the scene, she was addressed, she went to the hospital willingly, gave blood. There’s no indication of any substance abuse, any alcohol, any medication,” Dickerson said after the Wednesday court appearance. “They’ve had her phone since march, there’s no indication she was texting.”
She could face at least 15 years in prison if convicted on the manslaughter and assault charges.
The family was walking on Tamarack Circle near Weaver Road when Hood’s Chevy Malibu veered off the roadway and hit two adults, investigators said. Each adult pulled a wagon carrying one of the twins.
Napier and the toddlers were pronounced dead at the scene.
Hood, of Erlanger, was indicted last week. She faces three counts of manslaughter and two counts of assault for minor injuries suffered by two other family members struck by her vehicle.
She will appear in court again for an arraignment on Jan. 13.
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