Vehicular assault charges have been leveled against a drunk driver who crashed leaving his fiancee and her three children injured in a wreck on Viola Road last August.
The suspected drunk driver, Marcus C. Boren, 31, was indicted on charges of vehicular assault, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, DUI while accompanied by children, and violation of the child restraint law. Boren entered a not-guilty plea to the charges during his arraignment before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley. He remains held in lieu of a $250,000 bond awaiting his trial set for Jan. 17 of next year.
Boren and his fiancé, 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.
A preliminary 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.
None of the occupants were believed to be wearing seatbelts.