Trial set for man charged in deadly crash
The attorney for a 22-year-old Frankfort man accused of causing a two-car collision that claimed the life an 11-year-old boy told Woodford Circuit Judge Rob Johnson that he anticipated only one issue possibly coming up prior to a five-day jury trial set to begin on Feb. 20. The blood alcohol level of William Cody Mefford, who will face manslaughter and other felony charges at trial, could become an issue. Blood was not collected for analysis until about six hours after the deadly crash at the intersection of Frankfort Road (U.S. 60) and Midway Road (U.S. 62) on July 12, 2015, Mefford's attorney told Johnson on Jan. 4. The reliability of a determination on what Mefford's blood alcohol content likely would have been prior to the crash may become an issue. An indictment was returned by a Woodford County grand jury charging Mefford with second-degree manslaughter, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and disregarding a traffic control device. The criminal charges stem from allegations that Mefford disregarded a red traffic signal at the Frankfort Road-Midway Road intersection, which caused the crash that claimed the life of 11-year-old Ryan Moore, and injured his parents and a 9-year-old boy.