Muncie, Indiana – February 1, 2012
An Anderson native, 23-year-old Karissa D. Campbell is being charged with causing the death of Jeremy Chissel, 32, of New Castle.
Police say that Ms. Campbell was driving south when she drove off of the four lane highway, and into a ditch before running into a tree. Mr. Chissel was declared dead on the scene. The Coroner for Delaware County said that he died from extreme head injuries.
Officers ran tests on Ms. Campbell and found her to be under the influence of a recently outlawed drug, spice. Ms. Campbell also admitted to taking Mr. Chissel’s prescription, anti-anxiety medication shortly before the accident. She stated that she could not remember the details leading up to the crash.
Criminal charges have been brought against her in Delaware County’s Circuit Court 5. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse 18 percent of individuals involved in fatal accidents tested positive for drugs in 2009.
UPDATE: Ms. Campbell was sentenced on September 17, 2013 to spend eight years in prison.
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