Lexington man suspected in police chase, fatal crash faces murder charge

jmadden@herald-leader.comJanuary 16, 2014 

Keenan McLaughlin

A man suspected in a police chase that ended in a fatal crash on Georgetown Road Tuesday night was charged Thursday with three new felony charges.

Keenan McLaughlin, 23, of Lexington now faces charges of wanton murder, first-degree assault and failure to render aid at the scene of an accident. Earlier Thursday he pleaded not guilty to 10 criminal charges. McLaughlin appeared Thursday in Fayette County District Court to be arraigned. McLaughlin was charged Wednesday with drug trafficking, fleeing, violating probation, two counts of receiving stolen property, failure to appear, possession of drug paraphernalia, leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a suspended license, and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

More charges stemming from the crash are possible, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

Judge Kim Wilkie gave McLaughlin a court-appointed attorney.

McLaughlin was arrested just before 7 a.m. Wednesday at a house on East Second Street.

Police have said they think McLaughlin was fleeing from Scott County sheriff's deputies when his car collided with a vehicle driven by Luis Gonzalez, 62, of Georgetown. Gonzalez died in the crash on Georgetown Road at Kearney Road, according to the Fayette County coroner's office.

Police traced the driver to the East Second Street house after he allegedly ran from the wreck.

McLaughlin was being held in the Fayette County jail on a $29,100 full cash bond. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 24.

Gonzalez was a widower, and he is survived by a son, three stepchildren, and nine grandchildren, according to an obituary sent to the Herald-Leader.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home on East Main Street. Visitation is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Justin Madden: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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