Nurse who took blood from driver in fatal NKY crash: 'He did not seem intoxicated'

Trial resumes for driver charged in crash that killed 5
Published: Jun. 20, 2018 at 12:11 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 20, 2018 at 8:06 PM EDT
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The Pollitt children (Provided)
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Samantha Malohn and Rodney Pollitt Jr (Photo: Provided)
Samantha Malohn and Rodney Pollitt Jr (Photo: Provided)

KENTON COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - Testimony resumed Wednesday in the Kenton County murder trial of a driver charged with killing a family of five in a head-on collision last year.

Daniel Greis faces five counts of murder.

In opening arguments Tuesday, both the prosecution and defense laid out their strategies.

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Maria Schletker told jurors the 57-year-old Independence man was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana when his vehicle slammed into another one on Staffordsburg Road on Oct. 26, according to our news partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

An investigation determined Greis was driving 96 mph with the accelerator to the floor, according to Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders. The speed limit is 55 mph on Staffordsburg Road.

The crash killed Samantha Malohn, 27, Rodney Pollitt, 26, and their three children; Hailieann, 9, Brenden, 8, and Cailie, 6.

Greis' attorney, Stacey Graus, said he smoked marijuana 9 hours before the crash and also drank a double bourbon a couple hours before it as he golfed, the Enquirer reports.

But, Graus said, neither impaired Greis' driving.

"He did not seem intoxicated to me, no," said University of Cincinnati Medical Center nurse Megan Price in court Wednesday.

Price drew blood from Greis after the incident.

Road rage is to blame for the accident, he said. Graus said another driver was acting aggressively behind the wheel and refused to let Greis pass or fall back behind him, leaving Greis and his SUV in "no man's land" on the rural road, according to the Enquirer.

There was explicit testimony Wednesday from witnesses who saw the crash scene first hand. The victims' family members could not hold back their tears.

Daniel Terry, who lives near the crash scene, said it was a mess.

"Car looked like it had been blown up or something," he said.

Laura Maines, and Independence firefighter and paramedic, said it was horrific.

"Catastrophic," she said. "Something I've never seen."

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

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