Case dismissed against suspected at-fault driver in triple fatal crash

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Speed determined to be a factor in Camden triple fatal crash

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Charges against the suspected at-fault driver in a Preble County triple-fatal crash have been dismissed.

Brian Murphy, of Centerville, Indiana, was charged with four counts each of aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter. Melissa and Schon Hudson, both 34, their daughter Emerie, 3, and Melissa Hudson’s unborn son died in the Sept. 12, 2017, crash. Hudson was 16-weeks pregnant when she died.

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In a competency hearing today, Preble County Prosecuting Attorney Martin Votel said two doctors evaluated Murphy and each determined he was incompetent to stand trial. Votel said the state would move to dismiss the charges against Murphy.

Votel said following the crash, Murphy was badly injured and spent several months in the hospital. Evaluations found he was incompetent to stand trial based on brain damage.

As a result, Judge David Abruzzo ruled that the court had “no choice” but to dismiss the charges.

The case will not go to trial.

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Police said the family’s Jeep Cherokee was struck by a semi-truck at the intersection of U.S. 127 and Ohio 725. Camden police cited speed as a factor in the crash.

Murphy was in a medically induced coma following the crash.