New Testimony In Fetal Homicide Crash

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

A grand jury will consider the case against a man charged in a Letcher County crash that killed a woman and her unborn child. Police say the driver, Charles Gross, 36, was high on pain killers when it happened.

Gross is charged with murder, fetal homicide, driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.

A state police detective testified Wednesday that Gross admitted to snorting Loratab before the November 9th crash on Highway 931 in the Salt Lick community. Gross also told police he refused to let his passenger, Amanda Smith, 28, drive the car despite her asking several times.

Sergeant Brian Damron arrived first on the scene as bystanders tried to revive Smith. He says it did not take long to realize Gross was high.

"What I found was a green powdery substance that was in and around his nostrils and he had admitted to snorting a Loratab," said Sergeant Brian Damron with the Letcher County Sheriff's Department.

Doctors tried to save Smith's unborn child by performing an emergency C-section at the hospital.
Officials say the mother and child both died from blunt force trauma.

Police say they did find pills on Gross after the crash. They are now awaiting results from blood tests.

The grand jury will hear the case next month.


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  • by sad Location: mount sterling on Nov 19, 2008 at 01:18 PM
    this is so sad. if he had not been on drugs it would have been an accident. they may not have even wrecked. he will have to live with this the rest of his life. i hope his lortabs was worth the price of the lives he took.
  • by pam Location: letcher on Nov 19, 2008 at 01:14 PM
    was this man ever convicted before on drug charges? i feel so bad for the family of amanda and her unborn child my sympathy is with you all...for the man charged with their deaths god still forgives you but charles gross you still need to pay for the crime you committed here on this earth...

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