Man pleads guilty to manslaughter

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By Linda Ireland

The driver of a truck involved in a fatal collision in November pleaded guilty in LaRue Circuit Court May 13 to second-degree manslaughter.

Brian Christopher Smith, 27, of River Road, was charged with reckless homicide, driving on a revoked or suspended license and failure of non-owner to provide insurance.

According to court records, Smith was driving a pickup truck that crashed nearly head-on into a large fertilizer truck on Tanner Road. Witnesses told McCoy the pickup was attempting to pass a box truck when it struck the fertilizer truck. The pickup split in half upon impact.

Officers said Smith knew the brakes on his pickup were faulty before the crash occurred, but continued to drive it.

One of Smith’s passengers, Kevin Delaney House, 37, of Elizabethtown, died from his injuries.

Recommended sentence is five years for the class D felony and a 90-day sentence for no insurance. The suspended license charge was dismissed.

The sentence will be probated if conditions are met but Smith will be required to spend eight months in jail. Pre-sentencing investigation was ordered.

Final sentencing is July 18.