Suspect charged with murder in death of U of L cheerleader
There is now a murder charge in a fatal crash involving a former University of Louisville cheerleader.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There is now a murder charge in a fatal crash involving a former University of Louisville cheerleader.
Bradley Caraway, 34, walked into court to face a judge Wednesday morning.
"Mr. Caraway, we'll enter a not guilty plea to leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render aid," the judge said.
Police said Caraway was behind the wheel early Saturday morning when former U of L Cheerleader Shanae Moorman was killed.
"It has been very hard to accept," said Todd Sharp, Moorman's coach and family friend.
"Shanae was definitely iconic as a cheerleader at Louisville."
On Sunday, Sharp talked exclusively to WDRB News about Moorman and the loss to the U of L cheer community.
"She graduated from our program two years ago," he said. "We'd hear from her and see her almost daily."
Police said Moorman was a passenger in a car that crashed on the ramp from I-64 East to the Gene Snyder Freeway early Saturday morning, but she was the only one at the scene when they arrived.
"The forensic examination puts him as the driver of that vehicle," said Lt. Joe Seelye, Commander of LMPD's Traffic Unit.
Police say they eventually caught up with Caraway walking down a ramp from the Gene Snyder Freeway onto Taylorsville Road, about two miles from the scene of the crash.
"The male was not wearing a shirt, not any shoes and appeared to have been intoxicated and involved in an accident," Lt. Seelye said.
Lt. Seelye said after conducting the forensic examination, the charges against Caraway were upgraded.
"We were able to partner with the Commonwealth's Attorney's office and come up with the charge of murder, and this morning we re-arrested him on that charge."
Meanwhile, WDRB News has uncovered court documents that show Caraway has at least one DUI conviction.
"The records that we have show that he was intoxicated at the time that he would have been operating that vehicle," Lt. Seelye said.
Caraway is scheduled to be back in court in October.
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