A man is facing serious charges after a crash on Dixie Highway left a teen girl dead, according to local sources. The 28-year-old Kentucky man is facing a murder charge among other related charges, following the fatal crash. Motor vehicle accidents of this type are always carefully investigated, and in the meantime, the man is being held by police against a $500,000 cash bond.
What were the details of the incident?
Allegedly, the 28-year-old was driving the wrong way on Dixie Highway in a stolen vehicle when the accident occurred. The pickup truck he was driving crashed headlong into another vehicle, driven by a 17-year-old girl. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene despite the best efforts of dozens of bystanders to save her life.
Apparently, the man attempted to flee the scene before he was tackled by other witnesses, who held him until police arrived. The man now stands charged with murder, failure to render aid and leaving the scene of an accident. He also faces charges for two guns that were reportedly with him in the vehicle. As he is a convicted felon, this may play into his criminal trial as well.
Trying to move forward
Motor vehicle accidents causing death are always tragic, but especially so when the accident could have been avoided. The offending driver in this case will face his charges in criminal court, but the family of the deceased girl has legal recourse outside of the Kentucky criminal system. State law allows them to file a wrongful death lawsuit against him regardless of the outcome of his trial. If sufficient evidence of his material contribution to the crash can be presented, the family may be awarded damages for their tragic loss.