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New charges in fatal crash involving 13-yr.-old

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By The Staff

A Taylorsville man faces manslaughter charges after a car crash killed a 13-year-old boy.

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Ronald Derek Coulter, 24, turned himself in to the Nelson County Jail at 11:30 a.m. Monday, said Nelson County Jailer Dorcas Figg. Coulter posted his $9,500 bond and was released at 1 p.m., Figg said.

Coulter allegedly allowed the boy to drive, while he and a 15-year-old were passengers.

Coulter was indicted last Wednesday by a Nelson County grand jury for second-degree manslaughter, first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and permitting an unlicensed operator to operate a motor vehicle.

On June 6, Coulter was in a vehicle with Jordan Keeling, 15 and James Mitchell, 13 when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned on Old Bloomfield Road killing Mitchell. Mitchell, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

At the time of the wreck, Keeling and Coulter told police that Coulter had been driving the vehicle. On June 14, Keeling told police, the information he gave at the scene of the accident was false, according to the amended police report. Coulter gave a statement to police June 15 corroborating Keeling’s statement that Mitchell was the driver at the time of the crash.

At the time of Keeling and Coulter’s confessions to police, Nelson County Sheriff Mike Newton said it “was a shock” and “out of the blue.”

Arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 20.