Teacher facing charges after woman killed in wreck

Christopher Purcell (Source: LMDC)
Christopher Purcell (Source: LMDC)
Scene of the crash on Bardstown Road at Strathmoor Blvd.
Scene of the crash on Bardstown Road at Strathmoor Blvd.
Iroquois High School where Christopher Purcell teaches.
Iroquois High School where Christopher Purcell teaches.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Jefferson County Public School teacher is facing serious charges after a crash during the weekend.

Christopher Purcell was arrested Saturday morning and bonded out of Metro Corrections after only being there a few hours. He is charged with manslaughter and DUI.

WAVE 3 has also learned that Purcell is a long time teacher with JCPS at Iroquois High School.

The crash happened early Saturday morning near Strathmoor Boulevard and Bardstown Road.

Police said Purcell was driving a Jeep Cherokee when he allegedly failed to yield the right of way and crashed into a motorcycle.

Witness told police the motorcycle was also speeding.

Tracey Blevins, 31, was on the back of that motorcycle. She died at the scene from multiple blunt force injuries.

Court records said Purcell had a blood alcohol content of .088.

WAVE 3 discovered that Purcell is technical education teacher at Iroquois High School, where he teaches plumbing. A JCPS spokesman said Purcell has been employed with JCPS since 1988 and has taught at Iroquois since 1994.

WAVE 3 stopped by Purcell's home, but he didn't answer.

JCPS said Purcell will likely be moved to non-instructional duties, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Purcell will be in court to face his charges on Thursday.

An attorney for the Blevins family sent us a statement saying that the family is thankful for the kind words and prayers that have been offered to them.

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