Woman indicted for murder in 2021 head-on crash
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A Jefferson County Grand Jury has indicted a Louisville woman on multiple charges, including murder, in connection with a deadly crash on Eastern Parkway late last Fall.
Melissa Lauren Ybarra, 48, was indicted August 10. In addition to murder, she is charged with one count of assault, four counts of wanton endangerment, two counts of criminal mischief, one count of operating a vehicle under the influence and one count of speeding.
The indictment says that on November 16, 2021, Ybarra was driving a “vehicle in excess of the speed limit while intoxicated.” At the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Pindell Ave., Ybarra’s vehicle crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head on.
An occupant of the vehicle struck, Donna Durbin, 32, of Louisville, died at University of Louisville Hospital from her injuries about an hour after the crash.
Because the case was presented directly to the grand jury, Ybarra was arraigned Monday morning in Jefferson Circuit Court. Bond was set at $50,000 cash and she was taken to Louisville Metro Corrections for processing. Ybarra was released from custody after posting 10% of her bond.
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