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Ex-UK Student Indicted On Reckless Homicide Charge In 4-Year-Old’s Death

Posted at 9:13 AM, Feb 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-07 06:07:23-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– A former University of Kentucky student accused of fatally striking a 4-year-old boy with his vehicle has been indicted on a new charge.

Jacob Heil is facing a one count of reckless homicide after a fatal collision on Sept. 15 of last year.

Heil was driving on Cooper Drive when a witness says his car suddenly swerved to the right and left the road for no apparent reason. That’s when he reportedly hit Marco Shemwell.

He was taken to Kentucky Children’s Hospital where he died two days later.

The Shemwell family spokesperson, Jim Gilpin, released the following statement on the family’s behalf:

The Shemwells are aware of the grand jury’s decision to indict Mr. Heil on the charge of reckless homicide. Ben and Liz, Marco’s parents, have faith in our court system and believe that justice will be served for Marco. Our family is humbled by the outpouring of love and for those who have prayed for us during this difficult time. We ask for privacy as we continue to heal, and have no further comment.