April 15, 2014

Woman pleads in DUI crash

July 4 wreck injures five

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A Corbin woman could serve a 10-year prison sentence stemming from a July 4, 2013 accident.

Ruth Ann Marcum, 40, also known as Ruth Ann France, of Verbena Drive in Corbin, entered a guilty plea on April 3 to an amended charge of second-degree assault.

Marcum was indicted in August of last year for the accident in which she was charged with driving under the influence and prescription of a controlled substance not in the proper container. Five charges of first-degree assault were added the following day, however, as four people sustained serious injuries in the crash that occurred around 5 p.m. on Ky. 770.

First-degree assault carries a 10- and 20-year sentence. Reducing the charge to second-degree assault spares Marcum the longer sentence, but still holds her accountable for the crash that sent four Corbin people — including a 12-year-old child — for medical treatment. The child was later transferred to a Lexington hospital for injuries.

A GMC Sierra pickup, driven by Marcum, was headed westbound when it went into the eastbound lane and struck a Chrysler 300 head-on. The driver of that vehicle and four others were taken to Baptist Health Corbin for treatment.

Marcum also received medical treatment at Saint Joseph London but was released and charged with driving under the influence and prescription controlled substances not in the proper container.

The other four counts of first-degree assault were dismissed as part of the plea agreement for the amended charge of second-degree assault. Marcum will be formally sentenced on April 25.

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