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Murphy indicted for crash
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Tammy Star Murphy has been indicted on three charges stemming from this head-on collision in July 2018 that resulted in two airlifts. Murphy was indicted by the August session of the grand jury.
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A woman has been indicted by the Warren County grand jury for vehicular assault, DUI and reckless endangerment for reportedly causing a serious head-on collision in Viola.

Both drivers were airlifted from the crash that law enforcement says was caused by Tammy Star Murphy, 48. 

Murphy was driving a Nissan Titan pickup on July 12, 2018 when she reportedly crossed the center line and struck another vehicle, causing serious bodily injuries to both drivers. 

The crash happened at the bridge on Mt. Zion Road, causing one vehicle to flip over the bridge and land on its top in the creek bed.

Murphy suffered severe trauma to the right side of her body, including her leg and hip, and was airlifted. The driver of the other vehicle, Thomas Meadows, who was 18 at the time, was also airlifted for his injuries.

According to the affidavit of complaint, Murphy was very incoherent and hard to understand while state trooper Wade Myers was trying to question her.

When asked if she had consumed any prescriptions drugs, illegal substances or alcohol prior to the accident, Murphy said no. However, she did admit to taking Hydrocodone on occasion and was requesting Morphine inside the ambulance.

Trooper Myers asked permission to take a blood sample, to which Murphy agreed. After the paramedics drew blood, Murphy was airlifted to a hospital. Murphy’s blood was then sent to the TBI crime lab.

Once the blood results came back in November 2018, Butalbital, a barbiturate, was found in Murphy’s system. Murphy was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. 

Murphy will appear in front of Judge Stanley in Circuit Court for arraignment Aug. 28.