Pike woman charged with DUI in fatal crash

Officials from the Kentucky State Police, Pike County Sheriff’s Office and the Belfry Volunteer Fire Department responded Saturday to a crash on U.S. 119 near the Dairy Queen restaurant in South Williamson which resulted in the death of Amy White, 38, of Crum, West Virginia. Miranda Ailiff, 25, of Belfry, has been charged with DUI in connection with the crash.

A Belfry woman remains held in the Pike County Detention Center on DUI and other charges after a fatal car crash over the weekend.

According to Kentucky State Police Spokestrooper William Petry, a car driven by Miranda Ailiff, 25, of McCoy Branch, Belfry, crossed the median of U.S. 119 and struck an oncoming vehicle being operated by 38-year-old Amy White of Crum, West Virginia. The wreck occurred near the Dairy Queen restaurant in South Williamson.

White was pronounced dead on the scene. Her husband and 14-year-old child were treated and released from Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center. There were no passengers traveling with Ailiff.

Ailiff was lodged in the jail on charges of DUI and traffic charges. Petry, who is the public affairs officer for KSP Post 9 in Pikeville, said other charges may be added as the investigation by KSP Det. Jason Merlo continues.

In a citation filed by arresting officer Trooper Chase Maynard, Ailiff was described at the scene as having “slurred speech, blood shot eyes and was very incoherent.”

“She was trying to communicate, but wasn’t making much sense,” Maynard wrote in the citation. “She would repeat herself and not follow instructions.” 

Ailiff was arraigned before Pike County District Judge Darrell Mullins Monday and pleaded not guilty to all charges. As of presstime, she remained in custody at the jail on a $2,000 cash bond.

Merlo, Maynard and other KSP troopers were assisted on the scene by deputies from the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, members of the Belfry Volunteer Fire Department and Pike County Deputy Coroner Mike Hall.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be released at a later date by the Mullins Family Funeral Home of Warfield.

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