Nolan R. Wood, age 21, of Shepherdsville, Kentucky has caused the death of another driver due to his intoxication. According to media reports, the accident happened about 10:00 p.m. Sunday night on Dixie Highway. Wood was driving his Cadillac sedan northbound on Dixie Highway at a high rate of speed when he crashed into a Ford Fusion that was turning left out of a Shorty’s Food Mart. The crash was so severe that the Ford was spun around several times before coming to rest in a yard. The driver of the Ford Fusion was a female who was thrown from her vehicle. This innocent victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Sadly the female victim died Monday at UofL Hospital from her injuries.
Wood was initially charged with DUI, First Degree Assault, reckless driving, and failure to have insurance. He is now charged with Murder. Wood’s blood alcohol content was .128 and he failed the field sobriety tests.
The family of the deceased victim will have a Wrongful Death claim against Mr. Wood. If Mr. Wood did not have insurance on his vehicle, then the insurance of the victim’s vehicle will come into play under a potential uninsured motorist claim. Additionally, there is $10,000.00 in PIP coverage that the family of the victim can make a claim for, related to funeral costs and potential lost services to the surviving family members.