By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer
A man who police believe started the chain of events that led to the deaths of two people on Interstate 75 in February was indicted on several felony charges Wednesday in Madison Circuit Court.
Bryan M. Mangan, 56, of South Bend, Ind., was indicted on six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence and operating on a suspended license.
Mangan also was indicted on a charge of third-offense aggravated driving under the influence. His blood-alcohol content exceeded .15 at the time of the wreck, well above the legal threshold of .08, according to court documents.
Local woman Meredith Buscher, 22, was one of the people killed as a result of the wreck.
Mangan’s charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. He has remained in the Madison County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond since the night of the wreck.
Mangan was traveling north on I-75 near the 91.5 mile marker around 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 when he lost control of his vehicle, colliding with a guardrail and other vehicles before coming to rest overturned and partially blocking the left lane, according to the KSP.
Buscher, 22, of Richmond, and Jeffrey R. Campbell, 30, of Louisville, were killed after they got out of their vehicles in the aftermath of the wreck, according to KSP spokesperson Trooper Robert Purdy.
Another vehicle, driven by Clifford H. Steinhaur, 41, of Fort Thomas, came upon the scene, and in an attempt to avoid hitting Mangan’s vehicle, he lost control and struck both Buscher and Campbell, the KSP reported.
Campbell was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Madison County Deputy Coroner Carlos Coyle. Buscher was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where she died.
No charges were filed against Steinhaur, who also was taken to the UK Medical Center for treatment.
Mangan originally was charged by police with nine counts of wanton endangerment. He is accused of “manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life” that created a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to Campbell, Buscher and Steinhaur as well as others involved in the accident, Wesley Brewster, Meredith Martin and Angela Elkins, according to the indictment.