Flint semi truck driver indicted for murder in deadly Kentucky crash

Published: Oct. 10, 2019 at 2:53 PM EDT
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(10/10/2019) - A Kentucky grand jury has indicted a Michigan man on murder charges stemming from a fatal car crash in September.

News outlets report 45-year-old Jerry Elder Jr. of Flint, Michigan, was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury on one count of murder, first-degree and second-degree assault, and two counts of felony wanton endangerment.

A Kentucky State Police statement says Elder crashed his fully-loaded tractor-trailer into two passenger vehicles because he was distracted by a video playing on his cellphone. It says the cellphone was mounted on his dashboard.

The statement says Elder didn't slow down while driving through a construction zone on I-64 in Franklin County, Ky.

Police say the crash killed 61-year-old Jeffrey Curtis and left the other driver with non-life-threatening injuries.

Elder was originally charged with manslaughter.

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