Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Melissa Powers announced the indictment of Andrew Blankenship for the triple-fatal accident on Interstate 275 on April 7, 2023.
Blankenship was indicted for 6 counts of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide (F2/F3), and two counts of Aggravated Vehicular Assault (F3/F4). If convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum possible sentence of 27 years in prison.
On April 7, 2023 around 9:30p.m., Blankenship was operating a 2003 Dodge Dakota travelling eastbound on I-275. Multiple witnesses report Blankenship was traveling between 90-100mph, without headlights, and erratically changing lanes – including passing vehicles on the shoulder.
At the 70.6 mile marker, two vehicles and a tow truck were stopped in the right shoulder. Janaya Glover was operating a 2002 Dodge Stratus that had become disabled. She had one passenger in her vehicle. Both Ms. Glover and her passenger were outside of the vehicle. Richard Glaser was operating a 2015 Lexus and was pulled over behind Ms. Glover. Mr. Glaser was in his vehicle. Mr. Glaser had stopped to aid the Glover’s with their disabled vehicle. Keith Skaggs was operating a AAA tow truck. Mr. Skaggs was kneeling near the right front tire of the Stratus.
Blankenship entered the right shoulder at a high rate of speed, striking the Lexus occupied by Mr. Glaser. The force from the accident pushed the Lexus into the Stratus and the Stratus into the tow truck.
Richard Glaser had to be mechanically extricated from the vehicle and succumbed to his injuries after being transported to the hospital.
Janaya Glover was struck and killed. Her passenger was struck and seriously injured.
Keith Skaggs was struck and killed.
At the time of the incident, the AAA truck warning lights were on and Mr. Skaggs was wearing high-visibility reflective clothing.
Blankenship then lost control of his vehicle, causing it to flip onto its roof. Bystanders attempted to render aid to all involved, including cutting Blankenship loose from his vehicle and removing him.
Subsequent investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department determined Blankenship was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.
Blankenship is currently being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on $800,000 secured bond.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Melissa Powers commented, “My heart goes out to the family and friends of the victims. Blankenship had no respect for human life and his actions were absolutely inexcusable.
This man needs to be held responsible to the greatest extent the law will allow and be removed from society so he cannot hurt anyone else.”