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UPDATE: Johnson County Woman Arraigned in Fatal Crash; Family Protests

By: Kristen Schneider; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: Kristen Schneider; Andrew Colegrove Email

UPDATE 10/4/13 @ 12 p.m.
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- More than a dozen protestors holding signs gathered on the steps of the Johnson County Courthouse Friday demanding that justice be done.

Friends and family members of 18-year C. J. Mollett Jr. want to see the maximum sentence given to the woman charged with his death.

Last month, Myra Castle, 53, of Wittensville, was indicted for second degree manslaughter and DUI in connection with Mollett’s death.

Castle pleaded not guilty to the charges during her arraignment Friday morning. She remains free on bond.

The head-on crash involving Mollett on his motorcycle, and Castle in her car, happened along Ky. 201 in Wittensville on August 16.

According to the indictment, Castle had a blood alcohol of 0.200 when investigators say she crossed the center line hitting Mollett.

Ned Pillersdorf is Castle's attorney and says Mollett caused his own death by traveling at an excessive speed.

When asked about Castle having a blood alcohol of 0.200, Pillersdorf told WSAZ.com that his client was only going 15 mph and making a legal left turn at the time of the accident.

Mollett's grandmothers said they were protesting Friday to send a message to the justice system to not tolerate drinking and driving.

A pre-trial hearing for Castle is set for November 1.



UPDATE 9/20/13 @ 1:41 p.m.
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A woman has been indicted in connection with a crash that killed a teenager.

The Johnson County Prosecutor's Office says Myra Castle, 53, of Wittensville, has been indicted for second degree manslaughter.

Investigators say Castle was driving along Ky. 201 last month, when she crossed the center line, hitting C.J. Mollett, 18, of Flat Gap, on his motorcycle.

Mollett died in the crash.

After the crash, Castle was originally charged with DUI. According to the Kentucky State Police incident report, Castle told troopers at the hospital following the crash that she had been drinking vodka earlier in the day.

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UPDATE 9/4/13
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) --About a dozen friends and family members of a teenager killed in a crash last month protested outside the Johnson County Courthouse Wednesday.

Myra Castle, 53, of Wittensville, was charged with DUI following the crash that killed 18-year-old C.J. Mollett of Flat Gap last month.

The head-on crash involving Mollett on his motorcycle and Castle in her car, happened along Ky. 201 in Wittensville.

Castle was scheduled to have a pretrial on the charge Wednesday, but that hearing was postponed until some test results are completed.

Mollett’s friends and family say they held the protest because they are unhappy Castle was released on bond following her arraignment.

“We don't want this woman to get off scot-free. She does need to pay a price. My son lost a best friend. He was like a son to me,” said Elizabeth Meadows.

Castle’s attorney, Ned Pillersdorf, says the accident was not her fault and that evidence shows there is much more to this case, and that she should not be indicted by a grand jury.

“Judging by looking at the skid mark that's still there and other information we've gathered we're convinced the deceased was doing an excessive rate of speed, 80-100 miles an hour prior to the accident and essentially caused his own death,” said Pillersdorf.

According to the Kentucky State Police incident report, Castle told troopers at the hospital following the crash that she had been drinking vodka earlier in the day.

Pillersdorf says tests showed there were no drugs in Castle's system at the time of the accident.

Mollett’s friends and family say they will continue their demonstration against drunk driving.

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UPDATE 8/22/13
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Hundreds gathered Wednesday to say goodbye to a Johnson County teen who was killed while riding his motorcycle Friday Night. The driver of the other vehicle has been charged with DUI.

Friends and family gathered outside Boones Camp Freewill Baptist Church to remember 18-year-old C.J. Mollett, of Flat Gap. The head-on crash happened along Ky. 201 in Wittensville about 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Dozens of pick-up’s, four wheelers and bikes filled the parking lot at the church, as inside hundreds dressed in camouflage mourned the loss of the teen.

A friend of Mollett, P.J. Meek, said he was a country boy who wore boots 24-7, hunted and rode dirt bikes. His friends wanted to make sure this country boy had a proper goodbye.

Friends escorted Mollett to the cemetery on their bikes and 4-wheelers while Mollett's father rode in the back of a pick-up truck with the casket for one last ride with his son.

Also on Wednesday, investigators spent more than three hours at the accident scene measuring skid marks, checking the view sight, and gathering evidence.

Bryan Lane with the Kentucky State Police says the investigation will help prove who was on the wrong side of the road. He and other investigators also spent time talking to those where were near the scene of the crash.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Mollett’s motorcycle was Myra Castle, 53, of Wittensville.

According to the Kentucky State Police incident report, Castle told troopers at the hospital following the crash that she had been drinking vodka earlier in the day.

Castle was charged with DUI. Investigators say Castle could face more charges. Castle is out on bond and her next court date is set for September 4th.

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UPDATE 8/19/13 @ 9 p.m.
JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Don't drink and drive.

They’re words everyone's heard over and over, but now for loved ones of a young man killed on the road, those words mean everything.

C.J. Mollett, only 18 years old, was on his motorcycle Friday night on Route 201 in Wittensville. About 8:30 p.m., investigators say a woman under the influence hit him head on.

Investigators say that woman, Myra Castle, admitted to drinking vodka earlier in the day.

Loved ones got together Monday for Mollett’s viewing at Boones Camp Freewill Baptist Church in Johnson County.

Friends say Mollett was an avid outdoorsman, and he left Johnson Central High School early to begin working as a coal miner.

"Driving by it (the site of the crash) every day is so hard," Mollett’s friend Alexandria Adams said.

"I would like her to know how much pain she has caused us,” the victim’s grandmother Brenda Mollett said, “what loss we have in our hearts over alcohol. She has caused us so much pain and grief."

"She has destroyed our lives,” Mollett’s other grandmother Diana Holt said. “We will never ever be the same again."

Mollett’s family is hoping his legacy and the memory of what happened to him out on the road will help convince people never to get behind the wheel when they've been drinking, sparing other families this kind of heartache.

Mollett's viewing continues Tuesday.

His funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Boones Camp Freewill Baptist.

Friends will wear camouflage and ride to the cemetery on ATVs as a tribute to his love for the outdoors.

Castle is charged with aggravated DUI. Investigators say more charges could be filed.



UPDATE 8/19/13 @1:15 p.m.
JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A woman from Johnson County has been charged with aggravated DUI in connection with a crash that killed a teenager Friday night.

Myra Castle, 53, of Wittensville, was arraigned on the misdemeanor charge in Johnson County District Court Monday morning.

Sheriff Dwayne Price says C.J. Mollett, 18, of Flat Gap, was killed when his motorcycle was hit head-on along Ky. 201 in Wittensville about 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Following the crash, investigators said they believed alcohol was a factor in the accident.

According to the Kentucky State Police incident report, Castle told troopers at the hospital following the crash that she had been drinking vodka earlier in the day.

During Monday’s hearing, Castle’s bond was amended to $50,000 cash or property with home confinement. She is expected back in court on September 4. She is being held in the Big Sandy Detention Center.

Mollett’s funeral is set for Wednesday. His obituary said he was miner with Booth Energy.

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UPDATE: 8/18/13 @ 4:15 p.m.
JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Sheriff Dwayne Price says C.J. Mollett, 18, is the man who was killed in a head-on crash Friday night.

The driver of the car that police say crossed the center line and hit Mollett, was taken to the hospital.

There's no word yet whether that driver will face charges, but police say alcohol is believed to have been a factor.

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ORIGINAL STORY
JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A teenager is dead after a head-on crash Friday night in Johnson County, Ky.

The accident happened about 8:30 p.m. Friday on Ky. 201 in Sitka.

Sheriff Dwayne Price tells WSAZ.com a car traveling south crossed the center line and hit a motorcycle head-on.

The motorcycle rider died at the scene. He was 18 years old.

The Sheriff says alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the accident.

The driver of the car has been taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Sheriff says DUI charges are pending against the driver, and more charges may follow.

No names have been released at this time.

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