MOUNT VERNON — A Fredericktown man was driving drunk and without a license when he allegedly caused a fatal vehicle versus buggy accident, according to charges filed Monday in Mount Vernon Municipal Court.
Ernest Bennett, 59, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drug of abuse, and failure to reinstate license. The aggravated vehicular homicide charge is a first-degree felony and carries up to 11 years in prison.
Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville said the count of aggravated vehicular homicide was charged as a first-degree felony because Bennett recklessly caused a traffic death while he was intoxicated as well as driving without a license. The second of the two OVI charges reflects a law that charges for refusal of a blood alcohol test, McConville said.