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Jury returns indictment against man in connection to fatal wrong-way crash in December

Police said Profirio Cruz Hernandez was driving in the wrong direction on Hurstbourne Parkway and crashed into two vehicles, killing one of the drivers.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A jury has returned an indictment against a man in connection to fatal wrong-way crash. 

According to court documents, Profirio Cruz Hernandez, 26, was charged with murder, wanton endangerment, operating a motor vehicle under the influence (first offense) and driving under the influence and driving without a license. 

Documents reveal that the indictment charges are in relation to the Dec. 18 incident in which Hernandez struck a vehicle at the 7400 block of Hurstbourne Parkway.

According to a department spokesperson, officers responded to a crash involving three vehicles around 4 a.m. near Fegenbush Lane and Hurstbourne Parkway.

LMPD's preliminary investigation revealed that a pickup truck, driven by Hernandez, was driving the wrong way on Hurstbourne Parkway and crashed into two other drivers.

As a result, one of the vehicles caught fire. The driver of that vehicle, 19-year-old Landon Nokes, received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Hernandez was taken to University of Louisville Hospital. Police said he remains hospitalized at this time, but is expected to survive from his injuries 

LMPD said the driver of the third vehicle was not injured.

Hernandez will be formally arraigned on Feb. 6.

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