Scott County

Lexington woman is arrested on charges of manslaughter and DUI in April 2013 crash

GEORGETOWN — A Lexington woman faces charges of manslaughter and drunken driving in connection with an April 2013 crash in Scott County that killed a Lexington man.

Carolyn Anne Bruenig, 25, was arrested Tuesday and was being held in the Scott County jail. She was charged with second-degree manslaughter and second-offense driving under the influence in the death of Seth Gibson, 25, according to court records.

The crash happened on April 8, 2013, on South Weisenberger Mill Road when a Pontiac G5 struck a tree on the passenger side. Gibson died at the scene.

Bruenig called 911 from a nearby house. She was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with injuries.

Initially, Bruenig admitted to a deputy sheriff that she had been drinking and that she drove the vehicle. But she also said that about a mile after leaving her home, an unidentified man got in to drive the vehicle, according to an account filed in court and written by Capt. Jearl Porter of the Scott County sheriff's office. Bruenig said at the time that she didn't know the man's name.

Porter, though, said he thinks Bruenig was driving under the influence at the time of the crash. He cited the following evidence that he said places her in the driver's seat: Bruenig's shoes were found on the driver's side of the floorboard of the vehicle, her DNA was found on the driver's side of the windshield, and her injuries were consistent with the damage seen on the driver's side.

A test of her blood, authorized by a search warrant, showed that Bruenig's blood-alcohol content was 0.186. In Kentucky, a driver with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 or higher is considered drunk.

She was charged with second-offense DUI because she had a 2012 drunken-driving conviction in Fayette County, court records said.

Bruenig was arraigned Thursday in Scott County. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 25, when District Judge Vanessa Dickson will hear evidence and determine whether there is probable cause to send the case to a grand jury for possible indictment.

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