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June 23, 2014

Pulaski woman killed in I-64 crash; driver is charged with murder

Somerset —

A Pulaski County woman was killed in a weekend car accident near Lexington, Ky. and the driver of the other car has been charged with murder. 
Wanda Beach, 68, of Somerset, was pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital Saturday evening. Beach was a passenger in a Chevrolet Trailblazer that was involved in a two-vehicle accident on eastbound Interstate 64 near mile marker 84 in Fayette County. 
According to initial police reports, the crash happened at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday when a Ford Expedition and the Chevrolet left the roadway. Witnesses said the Ford clipped the Chevrolet, causing the Chevrolet to flip several times until it came to a stop in a nearby ditch by a treeline. 
According to media reports, Beach was ejected from the vehicle. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that the driver of the Chevrolet was also injured but was lucid and answering questions before being taken to the hospital.
The driver of the Ford, identified as Angel Albeno Mejia, 24, of Winchester, allegedly fled the scene of the accident on foot and was later found hiding in a barn. Mejia was tracked down with the help of dogs and a police helicopter, according to the Herald-Leader.
He also was taken to the hospital. 
A police report said he “was very belligerent and uncooperative with police, fire personnel and hospital staff,” according to the Herald-Leader. 
Police reportedly 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.
According to public records made available electronically by the Fayette County Detention Center, Mejia was charged with murder, first-degree wanton endangerment, failure to report an accident, and leaving the scene of an accident. 
Mejia was being held in the Fayette County Detention Center and was scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
 
 
Heather Tomlinson is a staff writer at the Commonwealth Journal. She can be reached at htomlinson@somerset-kentucky.com.

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