Hit-and-run heads to grand jury
by Jack Latta
PRESTONSBURG — The case against accused hit-and-run driver Chester Hunter will be sent to a grand jury, following a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Floyd County District Court.
Eighteen-year-old Alex Mullins, of Melvin, was killed while riding a small motorcycle after allegedly being hit by Hunter.
During court Tuesday, Kentucky State Police Det. Jason Dials testified that the vehicle Hunter was driving, a 2004 Saturn SUV, was identified by several witnesses, who were allegedly in the vehicle when it struck Mullins.
Dials said a passenger, the defendant’s girlfriend, Charlie Hall, had told him she offered to drive Hunter because he had a suspended license, and that the two were having an argument when Hunter allegedly crossed the center line and struck the small motorcycle that Mullins was riding.
According to Dials’ testimony, after hitting Mullins, Hunter left the scene hurriedly, driving his vehicle to the home of Regina Hall, where several of his passengers disembarked. He was then spotted a short time later driving back past the scene of the accident after leaving Hall’s home.
Judge Danny Caudill ruled, based on the testimony presented, there was enough evidence to remand the case a grand jury.
Hunter is charged with leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, no/expired Kentucky registration receipt, and no/expired registration plates. Hunter could face additional charges in the death of Mullins.
Kentucky State Police reported receiving a call concerning a wreck on Route 122, at Melvin last week. Mullins was reportedly driving a miniature sport motorcycle on the highway, when he was struck by a vehicle that then fled the scene.
Mullins was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center, in Kingsport, Tenn., where he was pronounced dead.
Hunter continues to be held in the Floyd County Detention Center.
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