Attorney: Woman charged in deadly Lexington DUI in counseling
Alexandria Rankin appeared in Fayette Circuit Court on Friday. She entered a not guilty plea to manslaughter.
Lexington Police say Rankin was drunk when she crashed into 23-year-old Robert Hatler's truck on Athens-Boonesboro Road on Nov. 11. Hatler died at the scene.
According to court documents, Rankin admitted to police that she drank alcohol before she got into her car. Police say she failed multiple field sobriety tests at the scene, had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and a strong smell of alcohol on her breath.
Burl McCoy, who is Rankin's attorney, says it's a difficult time for his client.
"She is involved in counseling. Just for the psychological trauma of what happened," McCoy said. "And then she's also giving lectures and DUI classes for other people that have DUIs on what happened to her and the tragedy that has befallen her and not only her but other family."
McCoy says Rankin would like to talk with Hatler's family.
"The families are just not ready ... to talk to each other about that and they may never be. We just don't know. Hopefully someday that will happen but there's a lot of healing, particularly for the young man's family, that will have to happen," McCoy said.
Hatler is a 2012 graduate of George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester. He attended Transylvania University for about two years and was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity.
Hatler's friends says he worked for his family's business. Friends say Hatler volunteered to work a double shift and was heading home when the crash happened.