The driver in a May traffic accident that left two women dead has been indicted by a Greenup County grand jury on two counts of second-degree manslaughter.

Grand jurors also charged Donald Robinson, 22, of South Shore, with one count each of first-degree wanton endangerment, driving on a suspended license and operating a motor vehicle under the influence in connection with the May 18 mishap.

Robinson could be sentenced to up to 25 years if he is convicted on the manslaughter and wanton endangerment charges, which are felonies. The other charges are misdemeanors.

The accident that resulted in the indictment occurred about 3:20 a.m. on Flat Hollow Road, just south of South Shore. Robinson was traveling southbound toward Ky. 784 when he lost control of his 2007 Chevrolet Impala, Kentucky State Police at Ashland said.

The vehicle left the road and its passenger side struck a tree, causing it to spin back into the roadway, the KSP said.

Killed in the wreck were Robinson’s girlfriend, Lisa Pick, 24, of Portsmouth, and her friend, Stephanie Rhoden, 23, of Ashland. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

A third passenger in the vehicle, Robert Roe Jr., 26, of South Shore, Robinson’s cousin, was taken to Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, where he was released after treatment for multiple injuries.

The wanton endangerment charge against Robinson stems from Roe’s injuries.

Alcohol, drugs and excessive speed all are believed to have been factors in the accident, according to the KSP.

In a separate, unrelated case, grand jurors also indicted another South Shore man in connection with a fatal traffic accident that occurred last year.

William R. Taylor, 84, was charged with one count of second-degree manslaughter in connection with a May 2006 collision that killed Hubert M. Worthington, 64, also of South Shore.

Taylor also was charged with driving under the influence.

A grand jury indictment is a formal accusation of a crime and does not establish guilt.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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