Crime

Harlan County man charged with manslaughter in crash

A Harlan County man was arrested this week in connection with a fatal crash that happened in July in the Bell County community of Page.

A Bell County grand jury this month indicted Garrell Freeman, 58, on a charge of second-degree manslaughter. State police arrested Freeman on Tuesday.

On July 6, Freeman was driving a 2009 Audi south on U.S. 119 when he crossed the center line and struck a 2009 Chevrolet pickup driven by Chester Miracle, 80, of Calvin. Miracle died a day later.

Trooper Keith Baker would not say Wednesday why the crash warranted a manslaughter charge, other than that the indictment was based on information from a reconstruction of the collision. Karen Greene Blondell, who presented the case to the grand jury for the commonwealth's attorney's office, could not be reached Wednesday for comment.

Under state law, a person is guilty of second-degree manslaughter when he "wantonly causes the death of another person, including, but not limited to, situations where the death results" from the person's operation of a motor vehicle.

Second-degree manslaughter is a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison.

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