COVINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky man charged with five counts of murder in a fatal crash has made his first appearance in court, where he was brought on a hospital gurney.

News outlets report 57-year-old Daniel Greis was arraigned Wednesday in Kenton County.

A prosecutor said on Wednesday that Greis was driving 96 mph (155 kph) at the time of the Oct. 26 wreck, as he tried to pass another vehicle in a 55-mph (88-kph), no-passing zone.

Greis wore a hospital gown to court, where he was escorted by paramedics. He stated his name and date of birth but was silent and kept his eyes closed for the rest of the arraignment. No information was given about a lawyer for Greis.

The crash killed 26-year-old Rodney Pollitt, 27-year-old Samantha Malohn and their three children, 9-year-old Hailieann Pollitt, 8-year-old Brenden Pollitt and 6-year-old Cailie Pollitt.

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