Man Pleads Guilty In Deadly Lexington Crash

A man charged in a crash that killed a Lexington woman plead guilty to reckless homicide Friday.

Joe Shepperson crashed into a car driven by Kathleen Torok while driving an ice truck in 2006. Shepperson ran a red light at the intersection of New Circle and Boardwalk. Torok, then 46, was killed in the crash.

Shepperson said the sun was in his eyes before the crash, so he did not see the red light. Police have said Shepperson admitted to smoking marijuana the night before the crash.

Friday, Shepperson told a judge he was guilty, but then a few minutes later also said he didn't cause the reckless homicide. Shepperson and his attorney even left the courtroom for a half hour. When they came back, Shepperson told the judge he caused the fatal crash when he ran a red light. Shepperson's attorney tells 27NEWSFIRST the young man is very scared and confused.

Shepperson will serve 7 months and 14 days as part of a diverson deal. He must report to jail on June 13th.


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  • by RS Location: Lexington on Jun 2, 2008 at 01:36 AM
    He's so clearly guilty. I go through that intersection every morning and I can't tell you the number of times large trucks, tow trucks, busses, etc have flown through that intersection way after their light has turned red. Just this poor lady didn't think to look when she had the GREEN light and this guy hit her. He deserves more jail time.
  • by Katie Location: Lexington on May 30, 2008 at 08:00 PM
    What a sad story.. Accidents happen and as far as i'm concerned what he smoked the night before shouldnt of impaired his driving a day later... Great example of crooked justice system
  • by AC Location: Corbin on May 30, 2008 at 07:10 PM
    how sad for both sides. i'm not sure that jail time is appropriate however. i'm not sure how anyone benefits from this man going to jail. society doesn't and this young man certainly doesn't.
  • by Donna Location: Taylorsville on May 30, 2008 at 06:35 PM
    You know it is a sad world when the day comes that you cannot tell the truth for fear of going to prison. This young man is not guilty of a thing and he had to plead guilty just to stay out of prison. We are all suppose to be innocent until proven guilty. Where is that at in this case? I sympathize with the family of the lady who died but this young man didn't set out that day to kill her. It was an accident. Why are they call accidents in the first place? Our Lord decided to take someone home that day and it is not the fault of this young man. He wasn't under the influence of anything. He was doing his job and that was it. God help the people who thinks this is right and justified. Is it going to bring her back? No. Would she want this to happen? Her family should be living right so they can see her again in Heaven instead of making the young man and his family suffer more. He thinks about this everyday of his life and that is enough punishment. It's a pitiful system we have folks.

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