Drunk Driver Pleads Guilty To W. Harrison Fatal Crash

Posted On February 26, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

(Franklin County, Ind.) – A drunk driver has pleaded guilty to causing a deadly 2011 crash in Franklin County.

Larry A. Gentry, 46, of Mount Vernon, Ky., was driving a 2001 Oldsmobile on Carolina Trace Road in Franklin County on September 27, 2011. When the vehicle crested a hill Gentry lost control of the vehicle which then veered off the road, struck an embankment, and overturned. The car rolled, struck a utility pole, and then a tree.

Front seat passenger Calvin Offill, 58, of West Harrison, died of his injuries soon after arriving an area hospital. Gentry, whose drivers license was suspended at the time, suffered only minor injuries.

A blood draw on Gentry showed that his BAC was .14, well over Indiana’s legal .08 driving limit.

On February 10, Gentry pleaded guilty to Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Death (Class B felony), Operating a Vehicle Causing Death With a Suspended License (Class B felony),and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Death (Class C felony) in Franklin County Circuit Court.

Gentry’s sentencing has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 5. He faces up to 20 years on each of the Class B felony counts and up to eight years for the Class C felony.


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