Barnett indicted for 2007 fatal crash

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By The Staff

A Springfield teenager has been indicted on a charge of reckless homicide stemming from a single-car crash that killed another teen.

Michael A. Barnett, 19, of 301 Hagan Lane was indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

According to a Campbellsville Police report, the crash occurred at about 1:54 a.m. Sept. 16, 2007, on U.S. 68 when Barnett was driving a 2001 Infiniti I30.

Barnett allegedly lost control of the car, dropped off the shoulder of the road and overcorrected, which caused the car to overturn.

Barnett and passengers Aaron W. Couch, Phillip T. McIlvoy and Anthony M. Fields, who were all 16 at the time and lived in Springfield, were ejected from the car.

Couch was airlifted by AirEvac to University of Louisville Hospital, where he died the next morning, according to Campbellsville Police Capt. Todd Little, who investigated the crash.

Barnett, Fields and McIlvoy were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue personnel and treated. Fields was later flown to University of Louisville Hospital.

According to the report, excessive speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the collision.

On Friday, Little said there has been a disagreement as to which of the four teenagers was driving the vehicle, and it took a while to figure out who was actually driving.

“A 16-year-old lost his life in a collision due to alcohol, failure to wear a seat belt and excessive speed,” Little said.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $20,000. If convicted, Barnett could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.