PRESS RELEASE, 10/13/2010

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in deadly 1-71 crash


Fiery crash on I-71 leaves one person dead.

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Louisville, Ohio resident Stanley K. Ivey (DOB 8-7-53) for the noon-time October 4th death of Loveland resident James S. Lester. Ivey was indicted in a 3 count indictment for Aggravated Vehicular Homicide (Felony 3), Inducing Panic (Felony 4) and Involuntary Manslaughter (Felony 1). If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of 16 1/2 years in prison.

Ivey was operating his black and red 2005 Ford Mustang at speeds in excess of 100mph on I-71 South near Ronald Reagan when he drove onto the left shoulder and collided with Mr. Lester's disabled 1997 Buick Century.

Numerous witnesses described Ivey driving recklessly at an extremely high rate of speed such that their own cars appeared not to be moving. An Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper, traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph, attempted to stop Ivey's vehicle but could not get close enough to his car to make the traffic stop. Ivey's vehicle was outfitted with equipment installed after purchase to make his car go even faster than a factory-issued vehicle.

Witnesses described an immediate fireball upon impact when Ivey drove into Mr. Lester's disabled vehicle.

Mr. Lester was pronounced dead at the scene. Ivey has been hospitalized with serious injuries since the incident and remains hospitalized to date.

Prosecutor Deters commented, "There is no reason that James Lester should be dead. His death was the direct result of pure recklessness and stupidity on the part of Stanley Ivey. If it weren't Mr. Lester, it could have been you, me, or any of our loved ones."