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Teen charged in May 13 death of motorcyclist

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 PIONEER VILLAGE -- On May 13, Aaron Jennette and a passenger Tiffany Banules were riding on his motorcycle westbound on John Harper Highway.

It was around 11:15 p.m. when Jennette was stopped to make a left-hand turn into Running Creek Drive in Bullitt County.  He was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Michelle Wyatt.

Last month, Wyatt was charged by the Kentucky State Police with reckless homicide, operating under the influence, failure of owner to maintain insurance, no registration plates, assault, wanton endangerment and failure to register a transfer of a vehicle.

She is currently released on bond.

The citation stated that Wyatt had cooperated with police and turned herself in at her attorney’s office without incident.

Wyatt, 19, is a resident of Louisville.

According to the complaint warrant prepared by the KSP, Wyatt was operating her vehicle while under the influence of marijuana that evening.

Upon impact, Jennette and Banules were thrown from the motorcycle.

Jennette was thrown into the eastbound lane and then struck by another vehicle.

He was transported to University of Louisville Hospital, where he would later die.

Banules would also be taken to the hospital.

The arrest warrant was issued on Nov. 13 and Wyatt was taken into custody on Dec. 7.

No date has been set for her next court appearance.

The estate of Jennette has filed a civil lawsuit for wrongful death. A hearing is set for Dec. 14 on that case.

Requests have been made over the years by Pioneer Village officials to lower the speed limit on John Harper. Between East Blue Lick Road and Preston Highway, numerous accidents have occurred, many where left turns are being made on the two-lane road.