Second Driver Charged in Deadly Crash

Nearly a year after John Hatfield allegedly was driving drunk and wrecked into Nicole Gray’s vehicle, seriously injuring her and killing her passenger, Stephanie Stahl, investigators said Gray also was driving drunk.

Senior Status Magistrate Howard Carpenter on Tuesday arraigned Gray, 36, of Triadelphia, on a charge of aggravated DUI. She subsequently was released on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond.

Carpenter issued a warrant for Gray’s arrest Tuesday morning. She arrived at court that afternoon with her attorney, Chad Groome of Jividen Law Offices. A pre-trial hearing in the case had not been scheduled as of Tuesday.

At 3 a.m. Nov. 11, Hatfield allegedly was driving drunk on McCutcheon Road when he crashed into Gray’s 2012 Chevrolet Cruze. Gray and Stahl were transported to the intensive care unit at Wheeling Hospital, where Stahl died.

An Ohio County grand jury in May indicted Hatfield, 29, of Fayetteville, Ark., on a felony charge of DUI causing death and misdemeanor charges of DUI causing injury.

He remains free on $350,000 bond while awaiting a Dec. 16 trial in front of Circuit Judge David Sims.

According to court documents filed Tuesday against Gray, her blood alcohol concentration at the time of the crash was 0.18. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.

Sheriff’s Deputy Rich White traveled to Gray’s home on Dec. 28 to schedule an interview about the crash. He spoke with one of Gray’s family members, who called Gray’s phone.

That woman told the deputy Gray was crying and did not wish to speak with him.

White then spoke with Gray’s husband, who said she would not consent to an interview, and the deputy should contact Jividen Law Offices.

Prosecutor Scott Smith could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The statute of limitations for filing misdemeanor charges is one year after the alleged offense.