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Independence man charged in double fatal crash faces judge Monday

Mark Huffman (Photo: Kenton County Justice Center) Mark Huffman (Photo: Kenton County Justice Center)
The 2-vehicle crash on Highway 17 at Pelly Road. (FOX19 NOW) The 2-vehicle crash on Highway 17 at Pelly Road. (FOX19 NOW)
INDEPENDENCE, KY (FOX19) -

An Independence man facing two counts of murder for his involvement in a double fatal New Year's Eve crash will remain in jail without bond.

Mark Huffman, 57, made a brief appearance in a wheelchair during a brief arraignment in Kenton County District Court Monday.

He is accused of killing Ella McNay, 24, and David McNay, 31.

[Related: Two killed in New Year's Eve crash in Independence]

Police said Huffman failed to negotiate a left-hand turn onto Pelly Road and struck the McNay’s vehicle head-on.

Ella was pronounced dead at the scene.

David was flown to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.  

According to a complaint warrant, Independence fire personnel providing medical treatment to Huffman noted the smell of alcohol coming from Huffman and the presence of Oxycodone pill bottles.

After receiving treatment on scene, he was also flown to UCMC to receive further treatment for his injuries.

Medical records indicate Huffman tested positive for Oxycodone, opiates, Benzodiazepines, according to the warrant.  His blood alcohol content also was between .208 and 223, nearly three times the legal limit.

Independence Police Officer Jeff Young arrested him on Friday.

If found guilty, Huffman faces 20-50 years or life in prison for each count of murder.

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