Northern Kentucky man charged with murder in wreck

By Shawntaye Hopkins

shopkins@herald-leader.com

A northern Kentucky man has been charged with murder and driving under the influence of alcohol following a wreck in Gallatin County last year in which an 18-year-old woman died, Kentucky State Police said.

Matthew N. Miles, 25, of Sparta, was arrested on a warrant Tuesday afternoon, state police said. Miles was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier south on U.S. 127, just north of Glencoe, on Nov. 3, 2007 when he lost control of the car and crossed into the path of a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Samantha Spade, also of Glencoe.
Spade, who was wearing a seat belt, died at the scene. Miles, who was also wearing a seat belt, was taken to University of Louisville Hospital and listed in critical condition.
In November, state police police said alcohol and excessive speed were being considered as factors in the crash.
On Wednesday, state police Trooper Seth Willis said he did not know how fast the vehicles were traveling and that information likely would not be released since the case is pending in court.
Miles was in critical condition for “quite a while” following the wreck, Willis said.
Miles is being held at the Carroll County jail on a $100,000 cash bond.

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