Driver pleads guilty to manslaughter

Published 8:34 am Friday, December 1, 2017

A coal truck operator indicted on two counts of murder after a deadly wreck in Bell County in March 2016 has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

According to the police, Anthony W. Brewer, 42, of Pennington Gap, Virginia, was indicted by a grand jury after testimony and evidence was presented by Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Jason Freeman. Freeman stated in his report that on March 24, 2016, Brewer was driving an 18-wheeler coal truck in the vicinity of what is known as Varilla curve on U.S. 119. Brewer crossed the center line, sideswiping a red Ford pickup truck, causing it to overturn. The operator of the truck and family members were able to get out of the truck and only sustained a few injuries.

The report continues to state that Brewer kept going, striking a 2013 Nissan Maxima, which had two occupants inside. The force of the impact killed the operator and the passenger. Kentucky State Police said at the time that Brewer had left the scene of the accident and received a ride from a passerby. He was later located at Harlan ARH and charged with leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid, operating on a suspended or revoked commercial driver’s license and operating a motor vehicle on a suspended driver’s license.

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Brewer pleaded guilty in court on Nov. 30 to two counts of manslaughter and will serve 25 years in prison.

A wrongful death lawsuit filed in April of 2016 is still pending against Brewer.

In other police news:

• Angela Collett, 28, of Pineville, was arrested on Nov. 27 by the Bell County Sheriff’s Department on charges of theft by unlawful taking of $500 or more but under $10,000 (automobile) and theft by unlawful taking of $500 or more but under $10,000.

• James Partin, 44, of Pineville, was arrested on Dec. 1 by KSP on a charge of receiving stolen property of $10,000 or more.

Brian O’Brien of The Big One 106.3 FM WRIL contributed to this article.