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UPDATE: Driver Sentenced in Deadly Crash

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By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 11/8/13 @ 1:45 p.m.
LOUISA, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A man from Rush, Ky. has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a crash that that killed a passenger in his SUV

Erick Blair, 32, was formally sentenced Friday in Lawrence County Circuit Court.

The fatal accident happened on KY 1, just north of Fallsburg, in May 2012.

Prosecutors say Blair lost control in a turn and hit an embankment head-on.

A passenger, Benjamin Burchett II, was killed. Another passenger was hurt, as was Blair.

Investigators said no one in the SUV was wearing a seatbelt and that alcohol and drugs contributed to the crash.

Last month, Blair pleaded guilty to reduced charges of 2nd degree manslaughter and 2nd degree assault.

He also pleaded guilty to 4th offense DUI and a misdemeanor charge of driving on a DUI suspended license.

Blair was originally charged with murder in the crash



UPDATED 10/11/13 @ 12 p.m.
LOUISA, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A man from Rush, Ky. charged with murder in connection with a crash that killed a passenger in his SUV has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the case.

The fatal accident happened on KY 1, just north of Fallsburg in May 2012.

Prosecutors say Erick Blair, 32, lost control in a turn and hit an embankment head-on.

A passenger, Benjamin Burchett II, was killed. Another passenger was hurt and airlifted to a hospital in Huntington. Blair was also hurt in the crash.

Investigators said no one in the SUV was wearing a seatbelt and that alcohol and drugs contributed to the crash.

Friday, during a hearing in Lawrence County Circuit Court, Blair pleaded guilty to reduced charges of 2nd degree manslaughter and 2nd degree assault.

He also pleaded guilty to 4th Offense DUI and a misdemeanor charge of driving on a DUI suspended license. A failure to maintain insurance charge was dropped.

Blair faces a 10 year in jail when he is sentenced in November.

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UPDATE 12/19/12
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – A man from Rush, Ky. has been indicted for murder in connection with a single vehicle crash that killed a passenger in his SUV.

The fatal accident happened on KY1, just north of Fallsburg, on May 20.

Sheriff's Deputies say 31-year-old Erick Blair was driving an SUV when he lost control in a turn and hit an embankment head on.

A passenger, Benjamin Burchett II, from the Diamond Ridge area of Lawrence County, died at the scene.

Another passenger, Amanda Burchett, of Louisa, was hurt and airlifted to a hospital in Huntington. Blair was also hurt in the crash.

Deputies said no one in the SUV was wearing a seatbelt and they believe that alcohol and drugs were contributing factors in the crash.

On Friday, a grand jury in Lawrence County indicted Blair for murder, 1st degree assault, 4th offense operating a motor vehicle under the influence, 1st degree driving DUI on a suspended license (aggravating circumstances), and failure to main required insurance.

An arraignment date has not been set in the case.

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ORIGINAL STORY 5/21/12
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- One person is dead and two others hurt following a single vehicle crash Sunday.

According to the Lawrence County Kentucky Sheriff's Office, the crash happened just after 5 p.m. on KY Highway 1, just north of Fallsburg.

Deputies say Eric Blair from Louisa was driving east when he lost control in a turn and hit an embankment head on.

Blair and passenger Amanda Burchett, also from Louisa, were both flown to St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington. They are currently listed in stable condition.

Another passenger, Ben Burchett II, from the Diamond Ridge area of Lawrence County, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies say no one in the SUV was wearing a seatbelt and they believe that alcohol and drugs were contributing factors in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

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