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Man charged in deadly Richmond Road crash released on bond

Posted at 5:15 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 17:26:23-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The driver facing a manslaughter charge after a deadly crash on Richmond Road has been released on bond. ​

This happened after 30-year-old Matthew Starling entered a not-guilty plea, and a judge kept his bond at $75,000 at his arraignment Wednesday afternoon. ​

Police say Starling was on Richmond Road trying to make a left-hand turn onto Preston Avenue when he collided with a motorcycle shortly before 9:00p.m. Monday.​

The motorcyclist, 25-year-old Daezon Morgan, was pronounced dead at the hospital.​

Starling was initially charged with DUI, then later second-degree manslaughter.​

Some people are not happy with the results of the investigation.​

Protesters blocked Richmond Road on Tuesday night, accusing police of a double standard. They say Starling should be charged with murder.​

"There's a lot of stuff that's not right. We're out here in the rain and we don't care. What's right is right man, you know what's right. If it was your family member you'd want some justice too. That's what's going on, manslaughter is not what it is," Brandon Walker, friend of Morgan, told LEX 18 on Tuesday. ​

Lexington police said in a statement: "Investigators look at all the factors unique to that particular case of what happened regardless of the demographics (race, gender, age, job title, etc.) of the people involved."​

Starling's next court date is scheduled for June 19 at 8:30 am.​