Man charged for woman's death a year after accident

Dylan Casey

Almost a year after Berea College alum BriAnna Cowden, who was 22, died at the University of Kentucky Hospital, 19-year-old Dylan Casey, of Waco, was arrested Tuesday morning on an indictment warrant charging him with second-degree manslaughter, among other charges.

The head-on collision happened on Oct. 25, 2017, on Battlefield Memorial Highway near Highway 1016, and Cowden died Nov. 3, 2017, according to a previous Register article. Two passengers were in the vehicle with Casey, and they were taken to Baptist Health Richmond for minor injuries.

Casey was arrested shortly after the accident for first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree assault and driving under the influence of alcohol.

But the indictment warrant charges him with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in motor vehicle when prohibited, in addition to the manslaughter charge.

According to the previous Register article, when Madison County deputies arrived at the collision site, Casey wasn’t there. A passerby stated he had left to go get help. When Casey returned, deputies could detect a strong alcohol odor on him. Before deputies asked Casey to perform field sobriety tests, he leaned against their cruiser and stated he was drunk. After he failed sobriety tests, he was taken to the hospital for blood tests at Baptist Health Richmond, according to a citation.

Deputies also arrested Casey on a second Madison County indictment warrant Tuesday morning for first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer) and carrying a concealed weapon following a separate incident that happened before the fatal accident.

According to a previous Register crime report, Casey allegedly brandished a firearm at an Alcohol Beverage Control officer. A complaint warrant states the officer told Casey to keep his hands where they were, however, Casey put the car in reverse and backed the car up at a high rate of speed, almost striking the officer. The officer pursued Casey long enough to get a license plate number and identifying information.

Casey was taken to the Madison County Detention Center, where he remained Tuesday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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