Landon Lovett dies, suspect could face stiffer charges
PADUCAH, Ky.---On Tuesday, the prosecutor told Local 6 he's considering changing the charges against the man accused causing the crash while under the influence of a potent combination of pills.
19-year-old Landon Lovett passed away Tuesday morning at a Nashville Medical Center.
Lovett and a friend, Shane McKenty, were critically injured in May after the driver of a Jeep crossed the center line and plowed into their pickup truck on Highway 95 in Calvert City.
The driver of the Jeep, Cory Burkeen, faces two counts of first degree wanton endangerment, driving under the influence, and two counts of first degree assault.
The prosecutor told Local 6 Lovett's death could change the case in a very big way.
Nearly six months after the horrific crash, Landon Lovett is gone.
While nothing can bring Landon back, Long wants justice for the family she left behind.
So there's a lot that the prosecution must consider before they try to change the charges.
If they do decide to change the charges, the prosecution would go back before the grand jury, likely in January.
Then, the grand jury would decide if the charges should change, then a regular jury would hear Burkeen's case.
As for Shane McKenty, Lovett's passenger; he is at home undergoing extensive physical therapy.
Filbeck-Cann & King Funeral Home in Benton, Kentucky is in charge of Landon Lovett's arrangements. Services and visitation are incomplete at this time.