Master Trooper Joe Veeneman
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 8, Morehead
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Morgan County Indictment for Murder
Date of News Release: 10/26/2011
(Morehead, Ky.) -- The Morgan County Grand Jury handed down an indictment for Murder on Lisa M. Ritter for an accident that occurred on October 18, 2011 resulting in the death of her two year old child. The single vehicle accident occurred on US 460 at the intersection of Bryant Fork Road in Morgan County. The juvenile was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, KY where she was pronounced deceased on October 20, 2011. Ms. Ritter was found to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the accident. Ms. Ritter was taken into custody the night of the accident and was lodged at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, KY. The indictment was served on October 25, 2011 while Ms. Ritter was in custody at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Ms. Ritter remains lodged at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on the Murder charge. The accident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Morehead.
Original News Release Below:
DUI Collision on 460 in Morgan County
Date of News Release: 10/18/2011
(Morehead, Ky.) -- On October 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm Post 8 Morehead received a phone call from Morgan County Dispatch advising of a single vehicle injury accident on US 460 West. The 2003 Chevrolet Impala was traveling West on US 460 and operated by Lisa Ritter of Piqua, Ohio. Mrs. Ritter lost control of the vehicle, overcorrected, left the roadway and the vehicle overturned on its side before coming to a rest against a tree. Mrs. Ritter was transported to the Morgan County ARH where she was treated and released for non life threatening injuries. A juvenile was transported to University of Kentucky Medical Center and listed in critical condition. Mrs. Ritter has been arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence 1st offense aggravated, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Controlled Substance 3rd degree, Prescription drug not in proper container, and Assault 1st degree. Accident remains under the investigation of Trooper McPherson, Unit 633. At this time blood and urine are pending.