A Fayette County grand jury indicted a driver on a charge of second-degree manslaughter in a 2016 crash with New Circle Road construction equipment that killed a passenger.
The indictment returned Monday says Dylan Jack Mayes, 39, of Georgetown was charged in the death because he “wantonly operated a motor vehicle.” The indictment did not specify how Mayes had wantonly operated the car.
James Christopher Todd Smallwood, 35, of Georgetown, a cosmetologist and Leslie County native who worked in Lexington, died from injuries in the crash. Smallwood was in the front passenger seat of the Toyota Camry driven by Mayes.
Lexington police said at the time that the driver of the Camry lost control, turned sideways and hit an excavator that was parked in the median.
The excavator’s track was embedded 2 feet into the passenger side of the car, and Smallwood had to be extricated, police said.
The crash happened just after 6 p.m. April 4, and the ramp to the inner loop of New Circle was shut down for several hours at Versailles Road while police investigated. Construction work to widen New Circle Road had gone on for months in that area at the time of the crash.
Second-degree manslaughter is a felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison.
An arraignment date for Mayes had not been scheduled as of Tuesday morning.