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Richmond woman to be sentenced for role in head-on Hancock Co. accident, death

A plea agreement has been reached in a case involving a fatal Hancock County crash.

 

Leanna Murphy, 24, of Richmond, has entered a guilty plea to three of the over a dozen charges she faced following a July 4th crash that resulted in the death of Rachel Thomas, 44, of Wilkinson.

 

Murphy’s vehicle struck Thomas’ head-on.  After being treated for injuries, Murphy was arrested for OWI causing death.

 

Murphy is scheduled to be sentenced December 18.

 

 

ORIGINAL ACCIDENT STORY, JULY 4, 2019 - HANCOCK COUNTY POST

 

An arrest has been made in an early morning fatal crash in Hancock County.

 

Rachel Thomas, 44, of Wilkinson, was killed just before 1:00 am on State Road 234 near Troy Road when a Ford Focus was hit head-on by a Mini Cooper.  Thomas was a passenger in the Focus.

 

The driver of the Mini Cooper was Leanna Murphy, 24, of Richmond.  After being treated at Hancock Regional Hospital she was taken to the Hancock County Jail on a charge of OWI causing death.

 

Three other people in the Ford Focus were taken to IU Health – Methodist Hospital with what were believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

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