Driver faces manslaughter charge after fatal accident
Thursday, October 10, 2013 11:00 AM
A Carrollton man faces charges of manslaughter and driving while intoxicated after allegedly hitting a pedestrian on the side of the road Tuesday night.
According to police reports, a car driven by James Nathan Wilhoite, 24, struck and killed a pedestrian, 27-year-old Michael Wayne Beach of Carrollton, on KY 227. Beach had been walking on the side of the road around 9 p.m. when he was struck by Wilhoite's vehicle, a Kentucky State Police release said.
A preliminary police investigation shows Wilhoite's vehicle crossed the white line on the right side of the road and struck Beach. After the accident, Wilhoite left the scene and parked the vehicle in an adjacent parking lot, the police report said.
Beach was transported to Carroll County Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead by Henry County Coroner James E. Pollard.
Wilhoite was later apprehended by police and taken to the Carroll County Detention Center in Carrollton, where he was released the same day on a $5,000 cash bond.
Wilhoite faces preliminary charges of manslaughter in the second degree, a Class C felony, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated - second offense.
Wilhoite was arrested on July 28 on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated - first offense by the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office.
Kentucky State Police Detective Tim Moore leads the investigation and is being assisted by Trooper Brandon Maupin, an accident reconstructionist.
Kentucky State Police were assisted at the scene by Carrollton Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Carroll County EMS and Carroll County Rescue.