Man charged with manslaughter in fatal Union crash

Michael P. Mead. Photo provided | Boone County Sheriff's Office

A Boone County Grand Jury has indicted a driver involved in a fatal accident in Union earlier this year. 

Michael P. Mead, age 29, was indicted on multiple charges, including second-degree manslaughter, assault, criminal mischief, and one count of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, according to a press release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office. Mead turned himself in to the sheriff’s office. 

The charges are related to the accident on Sunday, March 20, on U.S. Highway 42 in Union. 

While driving a 2006 Dodge Durango, Mead passed the intersection of Ransom Drive and failed to negotiate the left-hand curve in the roadway, according to the sheriff’s office. Mead overcorrected, and appeared to cross the center line, colliding with a 2011 Kia Forte with Charles Smith and a juvenile passenger. 

As a result, Smith, age 46, was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger was transported to the Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati. Mead sustained minor injuries and was transported to  University Hospital in Cincinnati. 

Deputies lodged Mead at the Boone County Detention Center, where he is currently held on a $50,000 cash bond. 

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