PIKE COUNTY, KY. (WSAZ) -- A driver decided to plead guilty in a accident that killed a man who was mowing grass at his residence.
William Damron, 49, of Belcher, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide during a hearing in Pike County last week.
The June 2013 accident killed Donald Castor, 35, of Mouthcard. It happened along U.S. 460, as Castor was mowing 15 to 20 feet from the edge of the highway.
Investigators says Damron’s car dropped off the shoulder, ran over Castor, and then went back on the highway, before coming to a stop some 500 feet down the road.
Damron was originally charged with manslaughter and DUI.
He will be sentenced in September and faces 5 years in jail.
Troopers arrested William Damron, 48, of Lick Creek, Kentucky, following the accident along U.S. 460 at Mouthcard Saturday afternoon.
Pike County Deputy Coroner Zeb Hampton says Donald Castor, 35, of Mouthcard, was mowing 15 to 20 feet from the highway when he was hit and killed.
Investigators says Damron’s car dropped off the shoulder, ran over Castor, and then went back on the highway before coming to a stop some 500 feet down the road.
Besides the manslaughter and DUI charges, Damron is also charged with not having insurance and having an expired registration.
Damron was arraigned in Pike County District Court Monday morning. His bond was set at $500,000 cash.
He is expected back in court later this month.
He is being held in Pike County Detention Center.
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The Pike County Deputy Coroner says 35-year-old Donald Brent Castor, of Mouthcard, was weed-eating near the highway about 4 p.m. Saturday when he was hit.
The Deputy Coroner says Castor was working 15 to 20 feet from the highway when he was hit.
No other details have been released.
Kentucky State Police is handling the investigation.