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Northern Kentucky woman pleads guilty for crash that killed 3, injured 2

Northern Kentucky woman pleads guilty for crash that killed 3, injured 2 (WKRC)

FLORENCE, Ky. (WKRC) - The woman who struck multiple pedestrians with her car, killing a grandfather and his twin 13-month-old grandchildren, has pled guilty to three counts of manslaughter and two counts of assault.

Jessica Hood told the court that she was distracted because she was looking at her phone and attempting to plug in her auxiliary cord to change music while she was driving her car on Weaver Road in Florence on March 15, 2015.

Her distracted driving led to her leaving the roadway by almost the full width of her car and as a result, she struck a group of pedestrians. 49-year-old Charles Napier and his twin grandchildren, 13-month-olds Sean and Samantha May, all died instantly. Napier’s daughter, 28-year-old Susan Elam, suffered injuries as did Napier’s grandson 3-year-old Ethan May.

At the time of the crash, Hood told police that she never saw the pedestrians and she believed that she had hit a sign. Hood could not offer an explanation for her vehicle leaving the road and she repeatedly denied using her cell phone at the time she struck the pedestrians.

An “exhaustive” accident reconstruction and investigation by Florence police Accident Reconstruction Team resulted in criminal charges against Hood. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department and FBI’s Cellular Analysis Survey Team assisted in gathering cell phone data evidence.

“The accident reconstruction revealed that she traveled a distance of almost 1,000 feet in 14 to 16 seconds, during which time she never perceived the pedestrians,” said a joint press release from the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. “Miss Hood will be formally sentenced on Monday, April 16, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. The plea came almost three years to the day that the offenses were committed.

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