New evidence delays trial for driver in crash that killed twin toddlers, grandfather

Hood trial delayed until November
Jessica Hood (FOX19 NOW/file)
Jessica Hood (FOX19 NOW/file)

BOONE COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - The trial has been delayed for a driver facing charges related to a crash that killed a grandfather and twin toddlers.

Authorities say Jessica Hood, 24, of Erlanger was texting on her cell phone when her vehicle veered off Weaver Road at Tamarack Circle in Florence on March 15, 2015 and fatally struck Charles Napier, 52, and his 13-month-old grandchildren, Samantha May and Sean.

Napier and the twins were pronounced dead at the scene. Another adult, Susan Elam, and a third grandchild, Ethan May, were hit and suffered minor injuries.

Hood and the Napier family will have to wait four more months to resolve the case after new evidence was presented Monday - the same day the trial was set to begin.

The trial will now start on Dec. 4 so the defense can review the new evidence.

The nature of the evidence has not been revealed.

Napier and Elam each pulled a wagon carrying one of the twins as the family headed home from eating lunch at a nearby restaurant, authorities have said.

Hood's attorney has said she was not texting and cooperated with the investigation.

But she was indicted on three counts of manslaughter and two counts of assault.

She faces at least 12 years in prison if convicted.

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