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Woman pleading guilty in drunk driving accident that claimed a life

Leanna Murphy will be sentenced next month
Posted: 7:35 PM, Nov 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-13 19:35:44-05
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GREENFIELD—A Richmond woman who was arrested in July for causing a drunk driving accident in which a person died is pleading guilty.

Hancock County court records show 24-year-old Leanna Murphy will be sentenced December 18 in Greenfield. She appeared in court Wednesday for a pre-trial hearing.

Murphy faces 14 charges including Causing Death While Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, and Reckless Homicide.

According to Hancock County investigators, Murphy was at the wheel of her Mini Cooper early in the morning of July 4 when the vehicle crossed the center line on State Road 234 near Troy Road and slammed into a Ford Focus. The location is about six-miles north of Greenfield.

44-year-old Rachel Thomas of Wilkinson, one of four people in the Ford, died. The others in the car with her were injured. Murphy and her passenger were also hurt, but not seriously.