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Lebanon woman indicted for murder after deadly car crash

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She was during while under the influence and on a suspended license.

By Stevie L. Daugherty

Tabitha K. Hutchison, 26, of 218 Chestnut Street in Lebanon was indicted in Marion Circuit Court Monday, July 20, on charges of murder, two counts of first-degree assault, DUI and other charges after she allegedly caused a vehicle accident that killed an unborn baby.

On July 14, the Lebanon Police, the Marion County Rescue Squad and Marion County EMS responded to a call of an accident at the intersection of Warehouse Road and W. Main Street at 2:32 p.m.

According to the police, Hutchison was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and Donna M. "Shelly" Gribbins, 29, of Lebanon was driving a 2007 Toyota Corolla. Janice Gribbins, 58, also of Lebanon, was a passenger in the Toyota.

Everyone involved in the accident was transported to Spring View Hospital. According to the police, an emergency Caesarean section was performed on Donna Gribbins. The baby, Raelyn Michelle "Skeeter" Gribbins died July 15 at Kosair Hospital. A funeral service for Raelyn Gribbins was held July 18 at the Old Liberty Cemetery in Bradfordsville.

According to the indictment, on or about July 14, Hutchison wantonly engaged in conduct, which caused the death of Raelyn Gribbins. The indictment also states that she manifested extreme indifference to the value of human life and wantonly engaged in conduct, which created a grave risk of death to others that caused serious physical injury to Janice Gribbins and Donna "Shelly" Gribbins.

Hutchison was allegedly in physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other substance, which impaired her driving, according to the indictment. It was her second DUI within a five-year period, the indictment states. She was also driving with a suspended license and didn't have required liability insurance.

Her bond was set at $100,000.

Editor's note: The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.