PRESTONSBURG — The trial of a habitual drunk driver involved in a wreck is scheduled to begin in Floyd County Circuit Court later this month.
Marion Kilburn, 51, or Prestonsburg, was allegedly intoxicated when he pulled into oncoming traffic on U.S. 23 near Allen. Kilburn’s vehicle met another vehicle in a head-on collision which caused serious near fatal injuries to the driver and a passenger.
According to reports after the accident, Kilburn was driving on the wrong side of the road without headlights when he hit the other vehicle. Kilburn’s blood alcohol level was reported as 0.25.
Kilburn is charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first-degree persistent felony offender, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, failure to illuminate head lamps, no insurance, no seat belt, reckless driving, driving on a DUI-suspended license and first-degree assault.
Seven-year-old Olivia Conn, of Prestonsburg, was seriously injured in the crash and transported to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. Conn’s father, Joey Conn, who was driving the vehicle was also injured in the crash.
“We are just so thankful that they are both alive,” says Stephanie Conn, mother of Olivia.
Olivia’s intestines were severed and she fractured the third lumbar in her back, said Conn, while her husband sustained fractured ribs and knee injuries.
Conn says that physically, both her husband and daughter have recovered, but mentally and emotionally, there are still lingering scars from the accident.
Conn says her family is scheduled to participate in the hearings, and the impending start has been emotional for Joey.
“He says he can still sometimes hear the metal scraping,” Stephanie Conn said. “You try to put it behind you, but we really can’t until the trial is over.”
Kilburn has an extensive criminal history of driving under the influence, and had only just been released from Floyd County Detention Center, where he was being held due to a prior DUI, days before the accident. Kilburn was reportedly released after posting a $1,000 cash bond. Kilburn has served prison time on previous DUI charges dating back to 1989.