In London, Kentucky, a 46 year old driver crashed her car while driving under the influence of psychoactive drugs and killed her 6 month old grandchild who was in the car with her.

Press Release – December 8th, 2014 – A woman from London, Kentucky, who is a grandmother of a six month old infant, was booked for drunk driving accident which caused the death of her young grandchild. Laurel county, Kentucky accident attorneys say that Melissa Worstell, the 46 year old driver accused in the crash that happened on last Monday night, was apparently ‘high’ when she was caught after the car wreck.
Melissa crashed her vehicle about 2 miles west of the town of London, Kentucky, late that night. Worstell admitted to the deputies who responded to the crash that she was in fact under the influence of drugs when she was driving. Her six month old grandchild who was in the car with her was not secured properly and ended up killed in the crash.
According to accident attorneys in Kentucky, Worstell has admitted to the police that she took Neurontin and Methadone earlier on Monday before the crash occurred. After the crash too, Worstell tried to swallow about half a dozen pills that were in a piece of cigarette pack to keep investigators from knowing about it.
The official reconstruction of the accident shows that Worstell’s car ran off the road and then struck a culvert. It overturned after that and crashed into a utility pole. Worstell’s six month old granddaughter was in the car with her, seated in the front passenger seat, and police investigators have confirmed that the child was not properly restrained. In the crash, the baby – identified as Ivy Worstell – was severely injured and even though emergency crews took her to a hospital in London as early as they could, they could not save her.

No one should take Methadone, probably ever and certainly not when you are driving someone you are supposed to be caring for.

No one should take Methadone, probably ever and certainly not when you are driving someone you are supposed to be caring for.


The infant was pronounced dead on arrival. The coroner’s report also corroborates the investigators’ reports. The death of the infant can be tied in with the fact that the carrier was not properly secured when the crash happened. This grandmother is not the most loving one apparently.
Deputies from the Laurel County Sherriff’s office arrested Worstell at the crash scene and she was charged with counts of murder and of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs. Her trick with attempting to swallow the pills on her earned her a rap for tampering evidence, and she has also been charged with other charges which includes wanton endangerment.
Kentucky accident attorneys say that Worstell has been booked five other times for similar drug charges. She had confessed to the deputies who arrived at the scene of the crash that she had consumed Methadone and Neurontin earlier in the day.
Methadone is a synthetic opiate that is sometimes prescribed by doctors as a substitute for heroin. On the other hand, Neurontin is a psychoactive drug used to treat patients with treatment-resistant mood and anxiety disorders. The common side effects of using Neurontin are dizziness and drowsiness. Though a controlled drug, both Methadone and Neurontin are commonly used by abusers such as Worstell and the consequences of the drug abuse is that the innocent always have to pay the price.

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