A woman who was critically injured Monday after a high-speed chase in Rockcastle County died Tuesday, and her brother now stands accused of her murder.
Dorothy Whitaker, 83, of Richmond died Tuesday afternoon at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, according to the Fayette County coroner's office.
Whitaker was a passenger in a van driven by a brother, Lawrence White, 82, of Lexington.
Clyde White, another brother, allegedly smashed his van multiple times into the van that Lawrence White was driving, state police said.
Police have said an off-duty trooper reported seeing the chase as the vans traveled south on Interstate 75 Monday morning. The vans exited onto Ky. 461. After Clyde White hit the other van multiple times, police said, he eventually forced it off the road. It hit a DirecTV van that was parked on the shoulder near U.S. 150.
Lawrence White was treated and released Monday. The driver of the DirecTV van wasn't hurt.
Clyde White, 78, was initially charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of wanton endangerment. On Wednesday, state police changed one count of attempted murder to murder.
Clyde White appeared Wednesday in Rockcastle District Court, and Judge Jeffrey Scott Lawless appointed the Department of Public Advocacy to represent him. Arraignment was waived, and no plea was entered, according to a docket sheet.
Lawless denied a motion to reduce White's $500,000 bond. In the event that White is able to post bond, the judge included conditions that White should be under house arrest with an ankle monitor.
Lawless scheduled a preliminary hearing for Sept. 7. At that time, the judge will hear evidence to determine whether there is probable cause to send the case to a grand jury for possible indictment.
Clyde White remains in the Rockcastle County Detention Center.