Lincoln Co. man indicted for murder, DUI after deadly crash

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email
Nearly one year after a Kentucky nurse was killed in a crash, a driver is now charged with her murder.

Eric Jenkins

ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Nearly one year after a Kentucky nurse was killed in a crash, a driver is now charged with her murder.

State police say that last September is when a dump truck driven by, Eric Jenkins, 42, of Lincoln County, crossed the center line on U.S. 62 and hit a van head-on. The driver died a few days after the crash.

It has been 10 months since a woman was killed in what state police call a DUI crash in Anderson County. On Wednesday, a grand jury indicted Jenkins, charging him with her murder.

The Anderson County grand jury indicted Jenkins for murder and driving under the influence. State police tell us the crash killed Marie Garmon, 43, of Anderson County, who was a nurse at Hospice of the Bluegrass in Frankfort.

"He swerved to miss a vehicle that was turning in the roadway," said Trooper Kendra Wilson, with Kentucky State Police. "When he did, he swerved into oncoming traffic and struck the victim head-on."

That day, state police say Jenkins was driving a dump truck when he hit Garmon's van. He was driving a commercial vehicle at the time.

We dug deeper into the indictment, which says Jenkins was driving with an alcohol concentration of .04. Even though the illegal level in Kentucky is .08, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says that level is lower, at .04, for anyone driving a commercial vehicle.

"Anytime we can get a drunk driver or somebody who's driving intoxicated off the roadway, it is absolutely a win," said Trooper Wilson.

The indictment says Jenkins could face life without parole if convicted and even the death penalty. Garmon's family did not want to comment on the new developments in this case.

Jenkins is booked in the Shelby County Detention Center on a 100,000 dollar cash bond.

We pulled Jenkins' records and saw that back in 2006, he was found guilty of driving 15 mph over the speed limit, not using child restraints, with the possession of marijuana, and operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license.

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