Crime

Father faces murder charge after fatal wreck in London

A man suspected of driving under the influence was charged with murder after his 13-year-old daughter died in a three-car wreck in London on Sunday.

Robert E. Hammons, 32, was driving east on the Ky. 192 bypass when his 2007 Suzuki ran the red light at Ky. 229 about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, London police said in a news release. Hammons' car collided with a 2003 Ford Expedition, which spun and collided with a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am.

Hammons' wife, Kimberly, 48, and daughter Destiney Lapeige Hammons, 13, were taken to St. Joseph Hospital of London, where Destiney died. Kimberly Hammons was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition, London police said.

The drivers of and passengers in the Ford and the Pontiac, including two children, were not injured.

Robert Hammons was arrested on an outstanding parole violation warrant, police said, and he was charged with murder.

He was being held in the Laurel County Detention Center. No bond is allowed because of the parole-violation charge, jail officials said.

Destiney was an eighth-grader at South Laurel Middle School.

In addition to her father and stepmother, she is survived by her mother, Alice Sue Wagers, and stepfather Virgil Troy Ross; brothers Dylan Paul Hammons and Cole Bradley Ross; grandparents Linda and Troy Wagers and Mayme and Rick Hammons; and aunts and uncles.

Services will be at noon Thursday at Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home, Corbin. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

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