Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Man faces 15 charges in crash that killed 4

By Sharon Coolidge
Enquirer staff writer

A man accused of killing four people in a car crash while speeding away from police late last month was indicted Monday.

A Hamilton County grand jury indicted Jerald J. Hundley, 24, of Chillicothe, on 15 charges related to the July 23 crash. He now faces eight counts of vehicular homicide, four counts of failing to stop after an accident that involved an injury and one charge each of failing to comply with a police officer's request, aggravated trafficking in drugs and illegally having a weapon. He remains jailed in the Hamilton County Justice Center in lieu of $1.1 million bail.

The accident left four of his friends dead. Prosecutors explained the eight homicide charges stem from charging Hundley two ways in each death. The first four homicide charges allege that Hundley caused the deaths while under the influence of alcohol and driving on a suspended license; the second four homicide charges allege that Hundley was driving recklessly while his license was under suspension.

"On this one, we're going all out," Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen said. "This is one of the worst traffic accidents in Hamilton County history - we lost four people for somebody's arrogance and stupidity."

A Warren County sheriff's deputy stopped a 1990 Ford Probe in the parking lot of the Kroger on Fields Ertel Road near Interstate 71 just before 2 a.m. July 23. But the driver fled, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph before he lost control and crashed on Fields Ertel Road near Butler Warren Road in Sycamore Township.

Killed in the crash were Nickole Williamson, 23, of Sycamore Township and her sister, Stacey, 15; and Hundley's friends Nicholas D. Lucke, 24, of Anderson Township, and Timothy J. Chaney, 22, of Chillicothe.

At the crash scene, deputies found a loaded pistol and five pounds of psilocybin, also known as psychedelic mushrooms.

If convicted, Hundley faces up to 65 years in prison.


E-mail scoolidge@enquirer.com

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