A Fayette County grand jury has indicted a woman on a felony manslaughter charge nearly a year after a multiple-vehicle crash in which a man was injured and later died.
Christy Torres, 22, of Lexington also was indicted Monday on misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of drugs and not having a driver’slicense.
David Gordley, 35, died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital four days after the Dec. 31 collision. The indictment says Torres “wantonly operated” a motor vehicle, resulting in Gordley’s death. Gordley was in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and had been deployed to the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and Iraq.
The indictment also said Torres was driving under the influence of “a substance” and caused the crash. The indictment doesn’t specify the substance. Second-degree manslaughter is a class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison.
Five people were taken to hospitals after the crash, which left inbound Newtown Pike closed for about five hours. At least four vehicles were involved in the crash, which occurred on Newtown Pike between Citation and Nandino boulevards.
The crash happened when an outbound car crossed the median and hit a small SUV, Lexington police said at the time. Other collisions ensued, including one involving a tanker truck.
An arraignment date has not been set for Torres to appear in Fayette Circuit Court, according to court documents.