Alcohol is the likely cause of a fatal car crash which claimed the life of a local business owner early this morning, Shelby County officials reported.
Charles Wilson, 48, owner of Wilson's Nursery on the East-West Connector, was killed in a wreck near Shelbyville around 12:45 a.m. today. The driver of the vehicle, Robert Hutchinson, of Pleasureville, was uninjured and has been charged with murder, operating a motor vehicle under the influence or drugs or alcohol, resisting arrest, and having no car insurance, according to Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong.
Shelby County Coroner Tommy Sampson said Wilson died at the scene after the driver of a truck in which Wilson was a passenger collided with a tree.
Hutchinson was taken into custody by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department following the accident. Armstrong said Hutchinson, who worked for Wilson at the nursery, was uncooperative with police and had to be forced into handcuffs.
Hutchinson's blood-alcohol level had not been determined as of press time, but Armstrong said alcohol is the suspected cause of the crash.
"There was evidence at the scene that (led police) to believe alcohol is involved," said Armstrong.
The two men were en route to Frankfort when Hutchinson crashed while traveling along KY 53 South, just south of MacMakin-McMullen Road. Armstrong said Wilson and Hutchinson were probably traveling from Louisville and were about 18 miles from Frankfort when the crash occurred.
No other vehicles were involved. Armstrong did not know where the two men had been prior to the accident.
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