LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A suspect will face a murder charge after a fatal crash that happened on Friday in Okolona, killing 59-year-old Martin B. Showalter.

This is according to LMPD spokesperson Alicia Smiley.

The crash happened Friday around 7:30 p.m. in the area of Cooper Chapel Road at Maple Road off Smyrna Parkway, according to officials.

Police say a silver car was traveling north on Maple Road and did not stop at a four-way stop sign at the Cooper Chapel Road intersection. Investigators say the silver car hit a black car that was going west on Cooper Chapel Road and had the right of way.

Authorities say after the silver and black cars collided, the black car then hit a small passenger pick-up truck that was stopped at the intersection on Maple Road.

Showalter, who was the only person in the black car, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

Officials say the silver car's driver was taken to University Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. According to Smiley, the driver is suspected of drinking and will face charges of murder and DUI. The driver's name will be released once the person is booked into Metro Corrections.

Police say the driver of the pick-up truck left the scene on foot and was found at his residence by officers from the 7th Division. The driver of the pick-up truck has been identified by police as Shawn O'Brien. He was arrested on several outstanding warrants. O'Brien faces additional charges of leaving the scene of a collision and failure to render aid, according to police.

A passenger inside the pick-up truck was taken to University Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

A man living in the area says the intersection is very dangerous. He has been concerned about people missing the stop sign, even in daylight, for years and says people drive too fast down the road.

"I don't know what the answer is but something needs to be done and I don't know if it's putting speed bumps down, more traffic enforcement," said Robert Arnold.


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