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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