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Why Hasn't Drunk Driver Been Charged In Teen's Death?

(COVINGTON, KY) -- The death of a Gallatin County teenager three months ago is now being investigated by a Kenton County prosecutor.

Samantha Spade was a freshman nursing student at Northern Kentucky University. Police say she was killed by a drunk driver in Gallatin County in early November, but that driver has yet to be charged in her death.

On the night of Nov. 3, Spade, 18, was hit and killed by a driver who police say crossed the center line of U.S. 127 in Glencoe.

"Alcohol was indeed a factor in the wreck," said Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders.

Sanders has been appointed special prosecutor in the case because the suspect, Mathew Neil Miles, is the son of the Gallatin County Clerk, causing a conflict of interest in the county.

"I've never met the Gallatin County Clerk. I've never met her son and I could care less who he is or who she is other than the fact that he's a suspect in a criminal case," said Sanders

Spade was valedictorian of the class of 2007 at Gallatin County High School and was president of the schools' Students Against Drunk Driving chapter.

"Truly a tragic case. She seemed like a remarkable young lady who had a huge life in front of her and everything in the world going for her up until that tragic night," said Sanders.

The Commonwealth Attorney says he will take the case to a Gallatin County grand jury. Right now, he's trying to decide through the investigation if he will charge the suspect with murder or manslaughter.

FOX19.com: Corey McConnell

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