Wrong way driver blamed for fatal crash on Snyder Freeway
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man police say was driving the wrong way on the Gene Snyder Freeway early Thursday morning faces murder and other charges in the subsequent crash.
David Batts, 34, has been charged with murder, DUI and operating on a suspended license. He remains hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell told WDRB that the driver of a white pickup truck was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes on the Snyder just before 4:30 a.m.
The pickup hit a black Mazda head-on. The coroner identified the driver of the Mazda as 38-year old Jason Shawler.
Officials say Shawler was wearing a seatbelt, but he was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering multiple blunt force injuries.
Funeral arrangements for Shawler will be at Owen Funeral Home on Taylorsville Road in Jeffersontown.
Batts, the driver of the pickup truck, had to be extricated from the vehicle. The truck had overturned and came to rest on its roof.
The southbound lanes of the Snyder Freeway were shut down from Old Henry Road to Interstate 64 for four hours. All lanes had reopened by 8:30 a.m.
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