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Deadly 2016 crash led to charges against juvenile

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By Staff

Clarification/Correction: An article on page A9 of the Nov. 5, 2017, edition of The Kentucky Standard reported pretrial diversion was recommended for Vincent Marrinan in a plea agreement involving a deadly 2016 crash. In exchange for the pretrial diversion, which would dismiss charges against Marrinan after a five year term, Marrinan agreed to a 12-month jail sentence at the Nelson County Detention Center. The article and a caption also incorrectly listed James B. Cambron’s age. He was 56.

A young Springfield man entered a plea agreement to reckless homicide charges in a deadly 2016 crash in Nelson County, and has been granted pretrial diversion.

At the time of the collision that killed Washington County High School student Richard “Alex” Hensley, 17, and Springfield resident James B. Cambron, 56, the identity of the driver who caused the crash was not released by police. While charges were quickly filed against the juvenile, the case was kept sealed.

In August, however, the case against Vincent Marrinan, now an adult, was transferred from district to circuit court and entered public record. On Thursday afternoon, Marrinan was scheduled to appear in Nelson County for a disposition hearing.

On April 8, 2016, Marrinan was driving on U.S. 150 near the Washington and Nelson County line when he is accused of attempting to pass multiple vehicles at a high rate of speed in a no-passing zone. The move resulted in Marrinan striking a truck head-on.

The collision killed Hensley, Marrinan’s passenger, and Cambron, the driver of the truck. John Mann, who was also reported as a juvenile at the time and was a second passenger in Marrinan’s vehicle, was injured.

According to a 2016 article from The Springfield Sun, Hensley’s parents started an organization called Parents Against Reckless Kids Driving (PARKD), calling for tougher laws for young drivers who violate traffic laws such as speeding or reckless driving.

Two months prior to the collision that killed Hensley and Cambron, Marrinan was charged with speeding 26 miles per hour or more over the limit on a separate roadway in Nelson County. In March of 2016, one month prior to the fatal crash, Marrinan entered a plea agreement to lessen the charge to 20 mph over, which was then dismissed upon his completion of a traffic safety course.

Marrinan was offered a guilty plea in August of this year for the fatal crash charges, and per a plea agreement, prosecutors recommended pretrial diversion for a period of five years. The diversion would require Marrinan to forfeit his license for five years and to have no contact with the victims’ families unless requested.

The charges against Marrinan, which included two counts of reckless homicide and one count of first-degree wanton endangerment, are Class D felonies with a potential maximum penalty of five years each. An alternate sentence for Marrinan, according to the agreement, would be 12 months in the Nelson County Detention Center.

Also filed in the case, a signed statement from Marrinan expressed his guilt over the collision.

“I really do truly regret what I did that day and would do anything to get those people back or for the families to find peace,” Marrinan writes in part of the statement.