A Winchester man pleaded not guilty on to a murder charge stemming from an accident Saturday on Interstate 64.
Angel Albeno Mejia, 24, of Winchester, was arraigned via video Monday afternoon in Fayette District Court. He is charged with murder, first-degree wanton endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident. Judge T. Bruce Bell appointed an attorney for Mejia. Bell did not set bail.
Police said 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 Mejia's Ford Expedition and a Chevrolet Blazer went off the road and into a treeline.
After the collision Mejia took off running, but was later tracked down with the help of dogs and a police helicopter. He also was taken to the hospital
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Wanda Beach, 68, a passenger in the Chevrolet was thrown from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. The man driving the Chevrolet also was injured but was lucid and answering questions before being taken to the hospital, police said.
Mejia is scheduled to be in court June 27. He's being held at the Fayette County jail.