LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) - A woman who Lexington police say killed three people in an alcohol-related crash earlier this month on I-75/I-64, has had her charges upgraded.
Tammy Rodriguez, 42, of Louisville, originally charged with DUI and not having a drivers license, now faces three counts of murder, as well as first-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment.
Lexington Police spokesperson Brenna Angel says shortly before 10 p.m. on Sept. 4, authorities in Clark County notified them that a vehicle fleeing from Winchester police on I-64 West was approaching Fayette County. Around three minutes later, before officers arrived, a collision was reported just north of the I-75/I-64 interchange.
According to the Lexington Police Collision Reconstruction Unit, the fleeing vehicle was a Ford F-150 driven by Rodriguez, with two passengers inside. They determined Rodriguez merged from I-64 West to I-75 North and then made an abrupt U-turn, driving in the wrong direction in the northbound lanes.
The F-150 hit a Chevrolet Sonic head-on and then collided with a Jeep Cherokee, causing the Jeep to rollover.
One passenger in the F-150, Debbie Lynn Bevins, 35, of Pikeville, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Fayette County Coroner’s office. The other passenger and Rodriguez were injured.
The driver of the Sonic, Taylor Blevins, 26, and the passenger, Caitlyn Bailey, 20, both of Georgetown, were also pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Jeep Cherokee was also injured.
Angel says that through the course of its investigation, the Collision Reconstruction Unit determined that Rodriguez passed at least one vehicle and continued driving in the wrong direction for nearly one mile. Because of her actions, Rodriguez is accused of exhibiting extreme indifference to the value of human life and wantonly engaging in conduct which resulted in the deaths of three people.
Rodriguez remains lodged at the Fayette County Detention Center on more than $1,500,000 bond.