Kentucky

Driver indicted in Blue Grass Parkway crash that killed grandparents and 3-year-old

Keren Odell, 3, Delores Odell, 71 and Delmer Odell, 72.
Keren Odell, 3, Delores Odell, 71 and Delmer Odell, 72. Ransdell Funeral Chapel

A tractor-trailer driver who was involved in a deadly crash on the Bluegrass Parkway in 2017, has been indicted for three counts of reckless homicide, according to media reports.

Richie Warren, 41, of Springfield Tenn. is accused of crossing the the median May 11, 2017, and crashing into a vehicle carrying grandparents and their grandchildren, according to the Kentucky Standard. Delmer Odell, 72, and Delores Odell, 71, of Harrodsburg, died in the crash along with their granddaughter Keren Odell, 3, the Standard reported. The lone survivor was Keren’s 5-year-old sister, Phoebe.

Phoebe survived after being flown to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, state police said.

Warren never applied the breaks of his tractor-trailer, which ran over the Odell’s vehicle, according to court documents.

In August, Warren and his employer reached settlements of more than $1 million with the families and estates affected, according to court documents.

The indictment, filed in Nelson Circuit Court Wednesday, accuses Warren of recklessly handling his vehicle that caused the three deaths and injury to the fourth, according to the Standard.

It’s not clear what led to the crash. Warren refused treatment at the scene of the crash.

Warren is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 18.

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