Crime

Lexington woman jailed on charge that she ran over goddaughter

Jullie Reese
Jullie Reese

A Fayette County grand jury has indicted a Lexington woman on a charge of reckless homicide for running over and killing her 12-year-old goddaughter in June.

An arrest warrant was issued for Jullie Reese, but it was not served. Reese turned herself in to authorities Thursday afternoon, Fayette County sheriff's department spokeswoman Jennifer Miller told the Herald-Leader.

The indictment does not provide any details about the charge. It says Reese "committed the offense of reckless homicide by recklessly running over Sierra Hubbard, causing her death."

Police originally said that the death appeared to be an accident but that toxicology results were pending. Toxicology reports were not made public Thursday.

Reese, 48, was driving a minivan that ran over Hubbard behind Northern Elementary School on Rookwood Parkway.

Reese, Sierra and Sierra's two younger siblings apparently had been playing at nearby Constitution Park and decided to leave. Sierra was walking next to the van talking to the people inside as the van was traveling 5 mph or less, police said.

When she tried to climb into the van, she apparently fell and was hit by a rear wheel, causing a severe head injury.

The Fayette County coroner listed the cause of death for the Leestown Middle School student as multiple blunt-force trauma.

Members of Sierra's family could not be reached for comment. There are two memorial pages for her on Facebook.

Reese was booked at the Fayette County jail about 5:15 p.m. Reckless homicide is a class D felony punishable by up to five years in jail.

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