A U.S. soldier has been charged in the death of his friend following a fatal Kenton County car accident in the Northern Kentucky area. The incident took place at approximately 2:30 AM on Thursday morning, September 3, 2009.
According to Police, Riley Ealy, 26, of Crescent Springs, was traveling along Amsterdam Road when he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a tree. Erlanger Police spokesperson Lt. Kevin Gilpin indicated that Ealy’s friend, James Fry, 25, of Walton, was a passenger in the car at the time of the accident. Fry was pronounced dead at the scene.
Marshall Ealy, 31, of Crescent Springs, was the third passenger. He is reported as suffering only minor injuries.
According to police, alcohol and speed were contributing factors in the crash. Police have brought second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence and wanton endangerment charges against Riley Ealy.
Riley Ealy, a U.S. Army soldier was recently home from a tour in Iraq when his car slammed into the tree in the 1900 block of Amsterdam Road. The crash took place a few houses away from Marshall Ealy’s home.
According to Riley Ealy’s MySpace page, he moved to Kentucky from Dumas, Texas, about four years ago.
Police are still investigating the accident.