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Nicholasville driver in 2016 fatal crash is charged with murder

James D. Kouns has been charged with murder and other crimes, including driving under the influence, in connection with a fatal crash last year in Nicholasville.
James D. Kouns has been charged with murder and other crimes, including driving under the influence, in connection with a fatal crash last year in Nicholasville. Jessamine County jail

A man was arrested Wednesday in Nicholasville on a murder charge in connection with a fatal crash last August.

James Dustin Kouns, 34, of Nicholasville also is charged with driving under the influence, being a persistent felony offender and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, according to Nicholasville police.

Amber Parker, 30, was killed Aug. 20 after the crash, which occurred on South Main Street in Nicholasville.

Kouns was driving an SUV that collided head-on with Parker’s pickup truck, according to a WKYT report.

During the investigation, officers determined that Kouns was impaired at the time of the crash. Kouns has been indicted by a grand jury on each of the charges.

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