A 19-year-old was indicted Friday, Nov. 22 on a charge of first degree manslaughter for allegedly causing an accident that caused the death of his former girlfriend. The accident occurred on April 30 on Hwy. 68-80 between Russellville and Auburn.
The grand jury was presented evidence by Commonwealth Attorney Gail Guiling stating that Troy L. Gregory of Auburn, intentionally used his vehicle to force 19-year-old Tracy Owen of Lewisburg off the roadway This caused her vehicle to strike a tree, resulting in her death.
This indictment comes at the end of a six month investigation into the accident by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department and the Kentucky State Police. Through combined efforts, an accident reconstruction investigation took place, while a separate criminal investigation was being conducted.
Gregory was arrested on Nov. 25 by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department and the Auburn Police Department. During the investigation, the sheriff’s department found that a 1987 Chevy pickup truck, operated by Gregory, had entered the lane of travel of a 1998 Chevy Monte Carlo, operated by Owen. Upon collision in Owen’s lane of travel, Owen’s vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Owen was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Guiling offered the grand jury three other options besides first degree manslaughter which included: murder, showing intent; second degree manslaughter, showing want and reckless homicide, which says Gregory was recklessly operating his vehicle when he struck Owen.
“I presented the grand jury with the evidence I had and it was their duty to select which option they wanted to indict Mr. Gregory on. The jury gave the case lengthy consideration before deciding on an indictment,” said Guiling. “This situation is a tragedy. Anytime a young life is lost, it is a tragedy.”
First degree manslaughter is a Class B felony that if convicted carries a minimum 10 year sentence and a maximum 20 year sentence.