An Eastern Kentucky University student faces manslaughter charges after a grand jury indicted her in the deaths of two classmates, including a senior from Lexington.
Abigail Melton was driving a Dodge Neon under the influence when she crashed into another car on Jacks Creek Road in Madison County, killing Alyssa Moorman, 20, of Dayton, Ohio, at the scene, police said. Cody B. Garcia, 23, of Lexington died of a traumatic brain injury at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital two days after the crash in May 2015.
Garcia was a senior set to graduate with a degree in criminal justice a few days after the crash, according to EKU. Garcia’s Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity members accepted his diploma.
Moorman was a sophomore at EKU majoring in pre-nursing, the university said.
Melton, of La Grange, and an additional passenger were treated at UK Hospital after the wreck, police said.
The driver of the other car was treated for injuries that weren’t life threatening, according to police.
Melton was indicted Wednesday on two counts of second-degree manslaughter and one count of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, first offense, said Madison County Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith.
According to the indictment, her blood-alcohol level was .102 at the time of the crash.
“The investigation lasted for several months, and there was a delay of several more months before we received the investigative report,” Smith said. After that, Smith said his office reviewed the case and presented it to the grand jury as quickly as possible.
He said Melton has not yet been arrested.