Young Mother and Daycare Worker Dies in Fatal Louisville Car Accident

Posted on Nov 14, 2012

Joseph Johnson, 64, is facing multiple charges—including murder—after a Louisville car accident last month. The accident occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. 

According to reports of the accident, Mr. Johnson ran the stop sign at the intersection of 39th and Kentucky and reportedly crashed into a red Pontiac driven by 31-year-old Stephanie Melson, a mother of three children and a daycare worker, who was on her way to get lunch. 

Witnesses to the accident report that Mr. Johnson led the police on a high speed chase before he ran the stop sign and crashed into Ms. Melson’s car. The father of Ms. Melson’s children and others are reportedly questioning whether the police should have pursued a high-speed chase in a residential neighborhood such as the one located around 39th and Kentucky in the city’s West End. The police will not comment on whether a high-speed chase was occurring because the investigation into this Louisville fatal car accident is ongoing. 

As of October 25, 2012, Mr. Johnson had been charged with several crimes including murder, trafficking a controlled substance, fleeing and evading, disregarding a traffic control device, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and possession of a stolen firearm. 

Ms. Melson is survived by her children, ages 13, 11, and 8, and many friends and relatives. Our Louisville car accident attorneys extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Stephanie Melson following this tragic Louisville accident.

 

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