Driver charged with murder in head-on collision in Somerset

March 18, 2013 

A driver in a head-on crash that killed a man dead Saturday night has been charged with murder.

Justin Litton, 36, of Somerset was booked into the Pulaski County Detention Center on Monday night.

A Pulaski County sheriff's deputy saw Litton parked at a closed business with his headlights off just before 10 p.m. Saturday, according to Somerset police. When the deputy turned to check on the vehicle, Litton pulled out and drove toward Somerset, according to a news release.

A short distance later, Litton's 1998 Nissan crossed into the other lane and collided head-on with a 2005 Suzuki driven by Levi Stephens, 33, of Somerset. Stephens was taken to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, where he died.

The Associated Press reported that the crash was recorded by the deputy's cruiser camera, and the recording shows Litton intentionally drove into Stephens' vehicle, Somerset Police Department Lt. Shannon Smith said. Litton's family had reported him to be suicidal in the hours before the crash occurred, Smith said.

Litton was treated at University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

His bond was set at $250,000 cash or $500,000 property. He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

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