KENTON COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - Strapped to a stretcher and wearing a hospital gown, a driver charged with five counts of murder appeared in court Wednesday.
Daniel Greis has been in the hospital since the Oct. 26 collision that killed three children and their parents in Independence.
Greis was driving on the wrong side of Staffordsburg Road when his car hit a Honda Accord driven by Rodney Pollitt, Jr.
Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders revealed in court that the "black box" in Greis' car showed he was traveling at 96 mph with the accelerator to the floor. Staffordsburg Road has 55 mph speed limit.
Sanders said Greis was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.
The judge ruled Greis was "a significant flight risk," and ordered him to be held on $1,000,000 cash bond.
Officials transported Greis from an undisclosed medical facility to the hearing at the Kenton County Courthouse - his first appearance in public.
Police charged the 57-year-old but could not take him to jail until he recovered from broken bones sustained in the head-on crash.
Pollitt and his fiancé, Samantha Malohn, 27, and their three children, ages 9, 8 and 6, died at the scene.
If convicted, Greis could face life in prison.
Greis has been in police custody at an undisclosed medical facility. He will eventually be taken to a prison in La Grange, Kentucky where he'll continue to receive treatment., Sanders said.
"His actions were in such disregard for the value of human life that they rise to the level of wanton murder," Sanders said.
Greis had just left Hickory Sticks Golf Course when he tried to pass another vehicle – despite Staffordsburg Road being a no-passing roadway, Sanders said.
Court documents show he admitted to consuming alcohol and marijuana earlier in the day.
His BAC was approximately between .083 and .092, according to officials. The legal driving limit in Kentucky is .08.
"I'm not sure that we will ever know what he was thinking," said Sanders.
Sanders called Staffordsburg Road (KY 536) a "busy country road" that is a heavily traveled connector between Kenton and Campbell counties. It is "certainly not a safe place to be trying to pass another vehicle," said Sanders.
Rodney Pollitt, Jr., 26, and Samantha Malohn, 27, had been together for 11 years and had three children together.
Family members say Samantha Malohn was a stay-at-home mother who cared for her oldest daughter, 9-year-old Hailie Ann, who had Down Syndrome. Rodney Pollitt worked as a bus driver for Kidz Club, a daycare in Erlanger.
Brenden Pollitt, 8, and Cailie Pollitt, 6, attended Sherman Elementary School. Their older sister, Hailie Ann, was a student at Dry Ridge Elementary.