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Coroner identifies three people killed in Sunday night crash; suspect charged with manslaughter

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson Co. coroner has released the names of the three people who died in a tragic wreck Sunday night in PRP.

They are Gary Miller, 36, the driver of the car; his wife Heather N. Smith, 35, who was a passenger in the front seat; and a family friend, Stevie Smith, 43, who was in the back seat.

As for the suspect, his name is Nathan Browning, also known as Nathan Doss. He's 33 years old and, right now, he's being held in Metro Corrections on a $50,000 dollar cash bond.

By early Monday afternoon, the intersection of Greenbelt and Lower Hunters Trace was clear of debris.

The only reminders of the accident - a scrap of crime scene tape and three balloons bearing the names of the victims.

Doug Alvey saw the aftermath from his front porch.

"[It] looked like the car had exploded, basically. it was so tore up. It looked like a bomb had hit it or something," said Alvey.

Police say Nathan Browning was speeding in his Suburban when he blew through a red light and smashed into the victims' Ford Contour.

Police say Browning dragged the car some 200 feet and rolled over it before coming to rest nearly 400 feet from the intersection.

The victims were killed instantly.

"Our hearts go out to their family and friends," said Alvey.

Browning was later arrested at University Hospital. He is charged with three counts of manslaughter, four counts of wanton endangerment and criminal mischief.

Neighbors say Browning had been distraught in the days and months prior to the accident.

"I don't know. I would almost say suicidal, almost," said one neighbor who did not want to be identified.

Browning still lived in the home where his father was murdered back in March.

"His mom committed suicide in the last couple of years. Then he lost his Dad. He's had a lot of legal trouble. He lost custody of his son. I just think he kind of gave up the will to live. I just think he didn't care anymore," said another neighbor.

"Especially after his father died, I think everything kind of went into a downward spiral," said a friend.

Neighbors say Browning was driving erratically right before the crash.

"There was a guy that was in the car with him, and he asked him to get out of the vehicle. He was just driving recklessly before he even got out of the neighborhood," said a neighbor.

"It was inevitable something bad was going to happen," added another friend.

"It was almost like he was on a suicide mission," she said.

Police say Browning is a persistent felony offender. His ex-girlfriend had obtained domestic violence orders against him. He has not yet been arraigned.

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