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Trial date set after Rineyville woman rejects plea agreement

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Court sets trial for Oct. 17

By Bob White

Staff report

BRANDENBURG — A Rineyville woman involved in a hit-and-run collision that killed a pedestrian along Ky. 144 in March declined a plea deal Wednesday in Meade District Court. An Oct. 17 jury trial date was set.

Carman Stevens, 38, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident on Ky. 144 where she is said to have struck and killed Bardstown resident Billy Jo Webb.

Webb was walking on Ky. 144 after leaving her family during an argument at a Flaherty tavern when the collision occurred, according to her mother, Carolyn Hicks.

A Kentucky State Police investigation said Stevens likely was under the influence at the time of the collision, but she was not charged with DUI.  More than 12 hours had elapsed between the collision and the time she surrendered to police the next day. Hicks said Webb, a mother of two, had been drinking prior to being struck.

Stevens was arrested on unrelated charges, but was released a few hours later after paying fines.

She’s also charged with theft of a vehicle registration renewal decal for the SUV she was driving the night of the collision. That felony charge is being prosecuted in Hardin County. She’s scheduled for a preliminary hearing Sept. 8 in that case.