Woman killed in accident on Algonquin Parkway identified


by WHAS11


Posted on April 9, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 3:40 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville Metro Police have identified the woman killed in an accident on Algonquin Parkway as Marleen Beckham, age 30.

The single vehicle accident happened near Compton Street when a SUV struck a tree. Police said Beckham was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash was so loud, it rattled the neighborhood.

"I was in the bed and I heard a boom and it sounded like the whole avenue just blew up," Juanita Bell, who lives near the accident said.

Pieces of the car were scattered in every direction after it hit a tree. The front end of the car is now a cluster of scrambled metal and glass. Inside the car is a baby seat. But police say only the driver was in the car, who was not wearing a seat belt.

"Roadway evidence shows there doesn't appear to be any diversion from the driver, which indicates some type of medical emergency or inattention," Carey Klain, a spokesperson with Metro Police said.

Police estimate the car was traveling about 60 miles per hour when it hit the tree in a 35 mile per hour zone.

While emergency crews were on the scene, neighbors stood behind caution tape in disbelief.

"I was like, 'Lord bless these people whoever they might be," Bell said.

Police say a medical emergency could have led to the crash.