A Somerset man indicted in March in connection with a car accident that left his 12-year-old daughter severely injured appeared in court this week.
James “Jimmy” Jasper, 56, of Somerset pleaded not guilty Thursday in Pulaski Circuit Court during an arraignment before Pulaski Circuit Judge David A. Tapp.
Jasper was arrested Friday, April 5, by the Somerset Police Department and charged with first-degree assault in connection with the March 5 accident that occurred on Pumphouse Road in Somerset and left Jimmy Jasper and his daughter, Jaden Jasper, severely injured.
The indictment states that Jimmy Jasper committed first-degree assault “ ... by operating his vehicle in such a manner, thereby causing serious physical injury upon J.B.J. (Jaden Jasper) and under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.”
Somerset Police claim Jasper’s blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit of .08.
Jaden Jasper just recently returned home to continue her recovery after spending nearly a month in the hospital in Lexington. A majority of that was spent at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, and Jaden was moved to the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Center for a few days before she returned home in early April.
Jimmy Jasper’s vehicle ran off the road on Pumphouse Road and through a wooden fence, which crashed through the interior of the car and struck both Jaden and Jimmy.
Jaden Jasper, a seventh-grader at Northern Middle School, 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.
But she made leaps and bounds in her recovery, and she was even able to make an appearance at a recent fundraiser held to raise money to go toward her medical bills.