Whitley County Man Charged with Manslaughter Following Deadly Wreck

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Photo courtesy Laurel Co. Sheriff's Office

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office has provided an update to the single vehicle traffic fatality which occurred yesterday morning on Pine Grove School Road.

Investigators say that a pickup truck driven by 37 year-old William Petrey was traveling Eastbound on Pine Grove School Road with a female subject in the back of the truck. The subject, identified as 37 year-old Rebecca Warren of London, was reportedly “screaming for [Petrey] to stop the truck”.

According to police, Petrey proceeded to steer the vehicle off of the roadway, before striking two fence posts and a tree. This lead to Warren’s ejection from the truck, causing her to strike a nearby barn. The truck then continued across the field before eventually coming to a rest. Warren was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of injuries sustained from striking the barn.

Mugshot of William Petrey, photo courtesy Laurel Co. Sheriff’s Office

Following an investigation, Petrey was arrested by Laurel County authorities and charged with 2nd Degree Manslaughter.