A drunk driver who crashed his car injuring six including himself will serve a year in jail.
The drunk driver, Marcus C. Boren, 31, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of vehicular assault, reckless endangerment with a vehicle, and driving on a suspended license. The additional charge of DUI while accompanied by children was merged into the vehicular assault charges.
Boren was directed to serve one year of a six-year sentence and must perform 40 hours public service work, pay $150 plus costs, and lose his driver license.
The wreck happened last year on Viola Highway and led to his fiancée and three children being rushed to the hospital with injuries. Boren and his fiancée, Veronica Gault, 26, were both airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center from the scene of the accident. Backseat passenger Krista Hilliard, 26, was airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center. They were all seriously injured while Gault’s children, ages 4 through 8, were taken to River Park by the Warren County Emergency Ambulance Service for treatment of noncritical injuries.
According to Highway Patrolman Bruce Pryor, the accident happened on Highway 108 (Viola Road) just south of its intersection with Shellsford Road.
An investigation revealed Boren was traveling south when he lost control of the car, swerving across the oncoming lane of traffic before overcorrecting and running off the southbound shoulder. It was there the car ran into a driveway culvert causing heavy damage to the vehicle and leaving the wreckage in a ditch. The wreck covered 211 feet before the car came to rest.