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Woman indicted in Austin Houser’s death

A Kentucky woman has been charged for the hit-skip accident that killed Austin Houser.

On Tuesday, a Logan County Grand Jury indicted Cathy Humphries (pictured), 49, for two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide (F2, F3), two counts of OVI (M1), and a single count of leaving the scene of an accident (F3).

Authorities report that Humphries was drunk and under the influence of marijuana when the Ford Ranger (pictured) she was driving struck Houser as he was walking in the ditch along State Route 274 north of Rushsylvania on October 25th around five p.m.

Houser, 15, of 2690 Township Road 40, Rushsylvania, was reported missing by his mother, Ellenna Houser, on October 26th after he failed to show up for classes at Benjamin Logan.

A passerby found the teen's body along the ditch the following morning around ten o'clock.

About 30 minutes after the fatal crash, the sheriff's office responded to a Rushsylvania area residence where Humphries was staying with relatives.

Humphries was found unconscious in a bedroom. She was then transported to OSU Medical Center where she received treatment for three weeks.

Humphries' daughter told deputies that her mom was involved in an accident that afternoon and threatened to kill herself.

Detectives were able to match evidence at the scene with the Ford Ranger (pictured) that was found at a residence on State Route 274 near Rushsylvania.

Humphries' blood alcohol level was .278, which is more than three times the legal limit.

Deputies were assisted by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Humphries was lodged in the Logan County Jail Tuesday afternoon.

Houser was a sophomore at Benjamin Logan.

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