2012 Recap: Kentucky woman indicted in Austin Houser’s death (Audio included)
12/28/2012 8:34:40 PM
By Nate Dunham
A rural teenage was struck and killed back in October.
Austin Houser (pictured left), 15, of 2690 Township Road 40, Rushsylvania, was walking in the ditch along State Route 274 north of Rushsylvania on October 25th around five pm when he was struck by a Ford Ranger operated by Cathy Humphries, 49, of Kentucky.
Humphries was reportedly drunk and under the influence of marijuana when the accident occurred.
About 30 minutes after the fatal crash, the sheriff's office responded to a Rushsylvania area residence where Humphries was staying with relatives.
Humphries (pictured right) 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.
Humphries' blood alcohol level was .278, which is more than three times the legal limit.
Austin 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.
Detectives were able to match evidence at the scene with the Ford Ranger (pictured left) that was found at a residence on State Route 274 near Rushsylvania.
On December 11th, a Logan County Grand Jury indicted Humphries 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).
Deputies were assisted by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Humphries was lodged in the Logan County Jail on December 11th.
A vigil (pictured right) was held at Veteran's Park in West Mansfield to remember Austin on October 29th.
Austin’s friend Patience Gamble organized the vigil and said that Austin was an amazing person, a loyal friend, and a great guy.
The vigil gave many an opportunity to tell their stories about Austin. Many spoke of him as a great person and a loyal friend who was taken too soon.
A poster (pictured left) was available for people to sign for Austin.
Both Gamble and Ellenna Houser expressed their thanks to the community for their support.
Gamble talks about planning the vigil.
(Pictured right: Ellenna Houser and Patience Gamble (white hat) hugging following the vigil)
Austin's funeral was on November 2nd in the Eichholtz Funeral Home of Bellefontaine and he was laid to rest in the Huntsville Cemetery.
Austin was a sophomore at Benjamin Logan and was a member of the football team.