Woman indicted after evidence found on Facebook page

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

A Grand Jury has indicted Meredith Browning on manslaughter and other charges. Court documents show evidence of Browning talking on Facebook about drinking the day of the crash.

A year ago Browning and another passenger were taken to the hospital after a crash on Old Richmond road. Cierra James died in the crash.

Browning, was 20 at the time, when police say the car she was driving lost control at 90 miles an hour, hit a pole and two trees then burst into flames.

An alcohol sample was of Browning was taken, according to court records, the 20 year old had a blood alcohol level of .02.

The level would be in the legal limit if Browning was 21 or older at the time.

Browning was arrested, and police continued the investigation. Detectives got a warrant for Browning's computer and allegedly uncovered postings on Browning's Facebook account talking about drinking on the day of the crash.

That evidence, along with some gathered at the crash scene and witness statements was presented to the grand jury, who indicted Browning on manslaughter, wanton endangerment, and driving while under the influence while being under 21 years of age.

Browning is free on her own recognizance, 27 NEWSFIRST spoke to her on the phone to get her reaction to the indictment, she said she had no comment on the situation.

We also spoke with Charles James. He is the father Cierra, the victim of the car crash last May. He tells us, "The loss of Cierra was both tragic and devastating for our family."

So he, as an employee at Bluegrass Community and Technical College and Cierra, a former student there, says it only makes sense to honor her at the school by creating the Cierra M. James Memorial Scholarship fund at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

James says, “In establishing an endowed scholarship in Cierra’s name we, her family and friends, wished to honor her memory in a positive and constructive way that would allow others to pursue the dream she had of completing her college education ….a dream that was cut so horribly short.”

Contributions to the scholarship fund at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in memory of Cierra James are made by check payable to BCTC Foundation, with a note “In memory of Cierra James.”


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