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April 4, 2013

Grand Jury indicts Jaden Jasper’s father

Jimmy Jasper alleged to be intoxicated when involved in horrific wreck

Somerset —  

A Pulaski County father has been indicted in connection with an early March car crash that left him and his daughter seriously injured. 
A Pulaski County Grand Jury on Tuesday indicted James “Jimmy” F. Jasper, 56, of Grant Drive, Somerset, on one charge of first-degree assault “by operating his vehicle in such a manner, thereby causing serious physical injury upon J.B.J. and under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.” 
Jimmy Jasper and his 12-year-old daughter, Jaden Brooke Jasper, were hurt on March 5 when the SUV Jimmy Jasper was operating hit a fence line along Pumphouse Road. The wooden planks from the fence penetrated the vehicle’s interior, striking both Jaden and Jimmy Jasper and causing serious injuries.
Lt. Shannon Smith, with the Somerset Police Department, stated that investigators carried out a warrant soon after Jimmy Jasper was transported to the hospital for treatment and drew a sample of his blood to be tested for alcohol and drug content at the Kentucky State Police Lab.
Smith said results were just returned on Monday, and he said the results confirm that Jimmy Jasper’s blood alcohol was over the legal limit of .08 when the accident happened. 
“If it had been just an accident and he (Jimmy Jasper) ran off the road without negligence or any form of intent, he wouldn’t be facing charges,” said Smith.
Jimmy Jasper suffered a number of injuries, including a broken collarbone, broken clavicle, broken ribs, broken vertebrates, broken wrist, collapsed aorta, and a skull fracture. He was discharged from the University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he and Jaden were both transported the night of March 5, after several days there. 
Jaden Jasper’s situation was much more dire. The Northern Middle School student suffered a depressed skull fracture, a broken eye socket, and a broken cheekbone. Doctors warned her family she may never be the same again, and she remained sedated for several days while medical experts debated what to do. 

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