A Carter County man was arraigned Monday on charges stemming from a fatal traffic accident.
Through his attorney, David Mussetter of Ashland, Ricky D. Flannery, 49, of Olive Hill, pleaded not guilty in Carter District Court to charges of murder and second-offense driving under the influence.
Judge Rupert Wilhoit scheduled a preliminary hearing in the case for 1 p.m. Tuesday. The purpose of that proceeding will be to determine whether probable cause exists for the case to advance to a grand jury.
Flannery is charged in an Aug. 20 wreck that claimed the life of Allen Ray Tabor, 54, also of Olive Hill. The accident occurred on Ky. 174 east of Olive Hill. According to the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, Flannery was traveling eastbound when his vehicle crossed the center line in a curve and collided with Tabor’s westbound pickup.
Flannery’s vehicle burst into flames and was engulfed when the Olive Hill Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the scene. Tabor was trapped inside his vehicle and emergency workers were unable to free him before he succumbed to his injuries.
Tabor, a Morehead State University retiree, was pronounced dead at the scene by Carter County Deputy Coroner Ronnie Wallace. Flannery was taken to St. Claire Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries suffered in the accident, then lodged in the Carter County Detention Center.
A blood-alcohol test was performed on Flannery at the hospital, according to the sheriff’s department. Those results haven’t been released.
Flannery is being held without bond in the CCDC, according to the jail’s website.
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