Grand jury to hear case against Lexington woman charged in deadly DUI

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - More than a month after a young man was killed in a Lexington crash the woman accused of causing the wreck was back in court.

Alexandria Rankin didn't say anything during her preliminary hearing on Wednesday morning. She's charged with Manslaughter and DUI.

Police say she was drunk when she crashed into 23-year-old Robert Hatler's truck on Athens-Boonesboro Road on November 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. At least one witness told police Rankin ran a red light before hitting Hatler's truck.

A judge waived the case against Rankin to a grand jury. The grand jury will now decide if there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.

Hatler was a 2012 graduate of George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester. His friends told us he was on his way home after working a double shift at his family's business when the crash happened.



 
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