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Driver pleads guilty in fatal wreck case

LEXINGTON – A Louisville woman pleaded guilty in court Tuesday in relation to a fatal crash that occurred in 2019, killing two women originally from Magoffin County, as well as the defendant’s sister.

Tammy Rodriguez, 45, of Louisville, was originally indicted on three counts of murder, first-degree assault, wanton endangerment and driving without a license, which was amended down to two counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree manslaughter, and second-degree assault. Sentencing in the case is set for June 2 at 1 p.m. in Fayette Circuit Court.

On September 4, 2019, Rodriguez was reportedly chased by the Winchester Police Department on I-75, when she made a sudden U-turn and began driving the wrong way on the interstate, inevitably hitting two other vehicles.

Rodriguez’s sister, Debbie Lynn Bevins, 35, of Pikeville, died at the scene of the wreck, and sisters Taylor Blevins, 26, and Caitlyn Bailey, 20, both of Georgetown and originally from Magoffin County, were also killed in the wreck.

In Clark County, Rodriguez is also facing five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer), first-degree fleeing or evading and reckless driving from the same police chase, with an arraignment hearing slated for April 14, as well.

Prior to the deadly 2019 wreck, Rodriguez had been convicted of drunken driving four times, as well as had prior convictions of endangering the welfare of a minor, public intoxication, prostitution, shoplifting and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rodriguez is currently being held at the Fayette County Detention Center.

Editor’s Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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