Coroner releases identity of woman killed in west Louisville crash


by Gene Kang

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 23 at 9:09 PM

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville Metro Police and emergency personnel were called to the scene of a fatal crash Thursday afternoon at 39th and Kentucky Street.

The victim has been identified as Stephanie Melson, 31. According to the coroner

Melson's uncle says a mother of three was killed in the car crash. She was an innocent bystander who happened to be driving in the area. She was on lunch break from a local daycare.

"This truck came down Kentucky Street and just rammed it," said Nita Gardner, a witness.

The crash involved a white Chevy Silverado and red Pontiac Grand Am. Police say it started with a narcotics investigation blocks away.

According to police a white Chevy Silverado fled from 40th and Broadway and blew past a stop sign at 39th Street.

"That Silverado disregarded the stop sign and ran into the Pontiac as you see pushing it into the next yard," said Alicia Smiley with Louisville Metro Police.

"It was senseless and could've been prevented if it hadn't been a drug thing going on," said Phillip Pryor, who lives in the neighborhood.

"The car turned over a couple times and the truck rammed into the tree and then the police rammed into the truck," said Gardner.

According to LMPD, a police cruiser was positioned to prevent the truck from leaving the scene. Detectives say the driver of the red Pontiac Grand Am, a woman in her 30's, died at University Hospital.

The driver of the pick-up truck suffered minor wounds.

Charges are pending against the driver of the pick-up truck.

An autopsy will be conducted on Wednesday but Melson's cause of death is multiple blunt force due to a motor vehicle accident. The family has not chosen a funeral home at this time.