Ellie Mcknight Car Accident – On Monday, the defendant who is accused of manslaughter and other offenses in connection with the crash that occurred early Sunday morning and resulted in the death of 18-year-old Ellie McKnight and the injury of another passenger was arraigned. According to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, the 31-year-old driver of the ATV in which McKnight was a passenger, Jacob Estes of Benton, Kentucky, was under the influence of alcohol while operating the vehicle.
On Guthrie Drive in Benton, a four-wheeler that was transporting three passengers was involved in an accident with two speed bumps. According to the citation for the arrest, the driver lost control of the vehicle because of the speed bumps. According to the citation, the driver of the four-wheeler continued driving for another quarter of a mile after throwing his two passengers out of the vehicle before crashing the vehicle into a ditch on the northern side of the road. According to the investigators, McKnight, who was a student at Paducah Tilghman, was not acquainted with Estes.
Estes is facing charges of manslaughter in the second degree, wanton endangerment, driving under the influence of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle, driving on a revoked license due to a prior DUI conviction, and ATV offences. Later on this month, he is set to appear at a preliminary hearing. Monday was Estes’s first day in court, and he made his appearance there through Zoom while he was still detained. The judge pleaded not guilty on his behalf and entered the case.
Monday was the only day that we were able to speak with a representative from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office about the investigation off camera; however, detectives did send Estes’ arrest citation to Local 6. It is stated that deputies received the call at approximately two in the morning on Sunday.
It was determined that McKnight had passed away at the site. According to the sheriff’s office, the second passenger sustained relatively minor injuries. According to the Commonwealth Attorney Dennis Foust, additional charges could be brought against Estes moving forward.