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Taylor County man indicted on murder charge

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Howsden indicted by LaRue grand jury for leaving the scene of a fatal crash

By Landmark News Service

 

A Taylor County man was indicted for murder by a LaRue County Grand Jury on Monday, May 21 for his involvement in a November 2017 fatal accident that killed Stephanie Jensen, 28, of Magnolia.

Matthew L. Howsden, 33, of Campbellsville was indicted for murder and leaving the scene of an accident and failing to render aid with death or serious injury.

According to the indictment, Howsden was operating his motor vehicle “under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life” after he collided with Jensen’s vehicle. After the collision, Howsden allegedly-fled the scene of the accident.

Howsden’s bail and court date were not available at the time of publication.

Background

According to a Kentucky State Police news release, Jensen was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Nov. 18, 2017, at the intersection of Hwy 210 (Campbellsville Road) and Borders Curve Loop. She was driving a 2010 Nissan Altima and was pronounced dead at the scene by the LaRue County Coroner’s Office.

The driver of the 2013 Chevy Equinox that struck Jensen’s vehicle, who was later identified as Howsden, fled on foot and was not at the scene when emergency personnel arrived. Howsden was traveling west on Hwy 210 when for unknown reasons his vehicle crossed the center line and entered the eastbound lane, striking Jensen’s vehicle head-on. The accident was reconstructed at the scene and investigated by KSP Trooper/Reconstructionist Dewan Kelly.