Jeffrey Brandon Merritt, 18, of East Broad Street in Elizabethtown, has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, and careless and reckless driving, Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw said Wednesday.
“It has taken some time to get all of the facts of the case,” Kinlaw said. “The investigation concluded that Merritt was operating in a careless and reckless manner contributing to the cause of the collision.”
According to reports of the crash, Merritt and Ballew were both traveling west on East Broad Street when the two vehicles collided, causing the SUV Ballew was driving to overturn several times. Ballew and two passengers, Julie Tatum and Avarie Chambers, were all thrown from the vehicle, reports showed.
Ballew was pronounced dead at the scene, according to reports, and Tatum and Chambers were both transported for treatment.
Merritt’s bond was set at $9,000, Kinlaw said.