Alcohol, Speeding Suspected In Fatal Gallatin County Crash

GLENCOE, KY -- Alcohol and speed are suspected factors in a two-car collision in Gallatin County near Glencoe Saturday evening that killed one and injured another northern Kentuckian.

A Kentucky State Police news release identified the victim as 18-year old Samantha Spade of Glencoe. The injured driver of the second vehicle was identified as 24-year old Matthew Miles of Sparta. Police suspect Miles was speeding and may have been legally intoxicated at the time of the collision.

Miles was flown to University Hospital in Lousville where he was listed in critical condition early Sunday morning. Spade was pronounced dead at the scene by the Gallatin County Coroner.

State police say the collision occured shortly before 8 p.m. on U. S. 127 just north of Glencoe. Reportedly, Miles was southbound and lost control of his car, went off the road and overcorrected. Police say Mile's car crossed into the oncoming lane and into the path of the vehicle driven by Spade, hitting it head-on.

State police say they are continuing their investigation of the mishap. No criminal charges had been lodged as of release of the information Sunday morning.


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  • by Sara Location: KY on Nov 21, 2007 at 06:16 PM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to both families involved in this tragic accident. I pray that everyone looks at this and it opens their eyes to how careful we need to be and I pray that Neil has a healthy and speedy recovery!
  • by Tiffany Location: Louisville on Nov 18, 2007 at 02:53 PM
    Just because it says suspected that alcohol was involved doesn't mean that it was. As soon as he was brought into the hospital, a toxicology screen was performed - standard procedure. If nothing as came up and and charges haven't been pressed and reported in the news, it's highly unlikely that alcohol was involved. So, before you pass judgment, think of all the things that you've done that could have put you in the same position as Neil. This child is in the hospital in critical condition and his family is going through so much and all you can say what a terrible person he is? You should all feel terrible for bashing him. No one is perfect. 'Let he who is without sin cast the first stone'
  • by Rebecca Location: Warsaw on Nov 13, 2007 at 11:07 AM
    but these people that say they hate Neil have done the same thing. I've seen them Drink and Drive. He was just unfortunately the one who killed someone due to it. Neil is not a bad person. Everything happens for a reason. God needed Samantha. I solely believe that. So, please let her rest in peace and remember the good times. Remember that everyone is not perfect and that we all make mistakes. Some time in your life you will make a mistake and someone will judge you... how would you feel? Samantha never judged anyone and she wouldn't want any of you to judge Neil. I also believe that making the county dry legally would be a great idea and solve a lot of problems. I'm praying for you Debbie and Jeremy. We love ya! I'm also praying for your family Tracy and for Neil's recovery. GOD BLESS!
  • by Rebecca Location: Warsaw on Nov 13, 2007 at 11:00 AM
    Samantha touched not only my life but everyone around her. She was an awesome Christian. I solely believe that her life was based for not only helping all of those around her but her main purpose was to set an example to everyone of how Christians should be. I've only really gotten to know Samantha for the 7 months Michael and i have been dating. My boyfriend is her fiance's brother. Samantha sang wonderfully at church... not for the people but for God. Its such a tragedy that happened but we all have to remember that she is in heaven. She's in a better place. My prayers go out to the Spade family, Miles family, and Neil's recovery. As close of friends as i was with Samantha i also realize... There are many people in this world that make mistakes. Samantha had written a testimony not long ago about how she wasn't perfect and no one on this earth is... everyone in this world makes mistakes. I've seen tons of people saw how horrible of a person Neil is for drinking and driving...
  • by c Location: ky on Nov 12, 2007 at 07:33 AM
    I don’t understand why everyone has to go off of information that is false. There has never been anything to say that Neil was drinking and driving. Why do people automatically assume he was. My payers go out to the Spade family. Also I pray everyday that Neil is on his was to recovery. He is going to have a lot to deal with once he recovers and if people keep assuming that he was drunk driving its not going to be an easier on him. Why can't people wait till they know the facts before they assume and judge people!
  • by billy Location: dry ridge on Nov 11, 2007 at 04:16 PM
    the accident that happened with miss spade counld of been prevented. she is a really good friend of the my family and we will all miss her. what needs to be done is more state troopers need to be placed in gallatin county. the warsaw cops ingallatin county have to many ties with people in that town an they let people get away with alot illegall activity in that town. i should know i lived there for 5 years. i seen alot of stuff going on an the police officers let them get away with. we really need it to be a dry county so we can prevent this from happening again. there was over 900 people that showed up miss spades funeral. think about that for a minute. we love sam and will never forget all the good you have done for the community.
  • by KL Location: Warsaw, KY on Nov 9, 2007 at 01:17 PM
    (Continuance from earlier)I'm sure with our help, and prayers, Neil, his family, Samantha's family, and friends of both will make it through this terrible time. I hope that everyone that reads this can find it in their hearts to put aside the hate or anger and just be there for everyone that is here. Some people will need a shoulder to cry on and others will just need someone to talk to, but whatever these people need, we have to be there to provide it for them. Please continue praying for everyone involved, and better days will come.
  • by KL Location: Warsaw, KY on Nov 9, 2007 at 01:16 PM
    I'm sure everyone has an opinion as to what happened. The one thing we all need to realize is that Samantha is gone but never forgotten. We were all blessed to have known her and been touched by her life. I'm sure that the only reason she is gone is because God had a job for her to do in his house. We will never be able to understand why this happened until our time comes, and we are priviledged enough to know. But, until then we need to be strong for the one's that were left behind. Samantha's family will need us more now, than ever and we have to be there for them, Neil's family needs our support to help them through this terrible time. Neil is going to need us until God decides what path he wants Neil to take from this point on. We all KNOW that Samantha is in a better place, but instead of being angry, we need to be strong, for the peole that were left behind to bear the load. (Continued)
  • by B. J. Location: Florence on Nov 9, 2007 at 05:59 AM
    My thoughts and prayers to the Spade family. Believe me this ISN'T the 1st offense for Mathew Neil Miles. He has been in many wrecks and DRUNK most of his life and his mommy Tracy has used her position in the court house to get him out of trouble. Well she can't do it now!!!
  • by Sarah Location: Sparta on Nov 8, 2007 at 08:09 PM
    This is a terrible tragedy that has left no one in our community untouched, but I want to remind everyone that this should be a time for us to all pull together and get through this as one. Take advantage of the love and support that comes from a small town. It's only natural to want to find some place for blame. Anger is NORMAL. But when the storms subside, and closure begins, we must all become stronger, closer, and more loving through this. That is the only good that can come.

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