Driver charged with murder in Interstate 64 crash that killed Somerset woman

kward1@herald-leader.comJune 21, 2014 

A driver has been charged in a fatal crash on eastbound Interstate 64 in Fayette County that killed a Somerset woman on Saturday.

The driver fled after the collision and was later found hiding in a nearby barn, police said.

Angel Albeno Mejia, 24, of Winchester was charged with murder, first-degree wanton endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident, according to Fayette District Court records. Mejia was being held in the Fayette County Detention Center and was scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

The crash happened about 9:30 p.m. Saturday near mile marker 84, about three miles east of the eastern split with I-75, when a Ford Expedition and a Chevrolet Blazer went off the road and into a treeline, Lexington police Sgt. Jesse Harris said. The Chevrolet overturned several times, according to a police report.

Wanda Beach, 68, a passenger in the Chevrolet, was pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. She had been thrown from the vehicle.

The male driver of the Chevrolet also was injured but was lucid and answering questions before being taken to the hospital, Harris said.

Mejia, who police said was driving the Ford, was tracked down with the help of dogs and a police helicopter. He also was taken to the hospital. A police report said he "was very belligerent and uncooperative with police, fire personnel and hospital staff."

Glenn Williams said he and his family were driving from Arkansas to West Virginia when the crash occurred just ahead of them. He said the driver of the Ford was speeding before the wreck.

"He blew by me like I was sitting still," Williams said, and then "it was like an explosion happened."

Williams said he went to the Chevrolet, which was resting on its top, to see whether he could help.

"I cut the seat belt off of him and pulled him out," he said of the driver. "He says, 'Find my wife.' So I started looking for her."

But he said he and other witnesses were unable to find her in the car.

"All he was worried about was his wife, Wanda. 'Please find Wanda. She don't deserve this,'" Williams recounted.

Harris said police had gotten a call "very shortly after the wreck" about the Ford's erratic driving. When asked whether the driver of the Ford might have been intoxicated, he said, "That's a concern of ours."

Police said in a report that they found open Corona beer bottles and empty 12-pack Corona boxes in the Ford. A court order was obtained for a blood draw to do a toxicology test on Mejia.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.This is an endnote here an dhdjbfv jhbdvf djfbvjd vhbdfjv jdbvf jdfjbvh jvfjkdbf

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