Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of a man who is charged with manslaughter in the 2015 vehicular death of a 13-year-old athlete in Scott County.
The trial of Mohamed Abdullah, 35, who now lives in Louisville, is expected to go two to four days in Scott Circuit Court. (His name is spelled Abdallah in some court records.)
Emily Paige Sams, an eighth-grader at Bourbon Middle School, was riding in a westbound pickup truck with her parents, Jeff and Shella Sams, when the crash occurred May 23, near the Scott-Fayette county line.
Abdullah was driving a Toyota Camry and was passing the family's truck on Interstate 64. The Camry went off the left side of the road, then overcorrected and hit the truck. The truck rolled multiple times. Emily’s parents survived, and Abdullah also faces two counts of assault in relation to their injuries.
The Camry’s speed is thought to be a factor in the crash. Abdullah and a passenger, both from Baltimore and en route to Louisville, were not seriously injured.
The Sams family was traveling to Louisville, where Emily was going to participate in a volleyball tournament. Her maternal grandparents were driving behind them and witnessed the crash. Her paternal grandparents were in a third vehicle farther back.
During a pre-trial hearing on Thursday, defense attorney Dan Carman was unsure whether Abdullah will testify.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Pat Malloy will prosecute the case. Scott Circuit Judge Jeremy Mattox will preside.