COVINGTON, Ky. (WLWT) — A jury has convicted Daniel Greis of five counts of murder in connection with an Oct. 26 head-on crash that killed a family.
WLWT reports that Greis, 58, was found guilty on five counts of wanton murder in connection with the crash that killed the Pollitt family on Staffordsburg Road in Independence, Kentucky.
Samantha Malohn and Rodney Pollitt were killed, along with three children — 9-year-old Hailieann, 8-year-old Brendan and 6-year-old Cailie — when their car was hit head-on along Staffordsburg Road.
Greis was under the influence and was driving above the speed limit at the time of the crash. He decided to take the stand in his own defense, saying he had consumed at least one double bourbon and smoked marijuana before the crash.
Greis acknowledged his responsibility in the accident, saying he was speeding and passing the driver in a no-passing zone.
"I was going too fast and I saw one little turn. I woke up laying on the ground, looking up at my car in the field. I knew I had hit a car," he said.