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Man Charged with Murder After Two-Vehicle Crash

Date of News Release: 10/17/2014

(Bedford, KY) - An Oldham County man has been charged with murder after a crash last night (10/16) in Trimble County. Kentucky State Police Post 5 received a call of a non-injury crash at 8:42 p.m. last night. Keccia Jansen, 48 years old from LaGrange, KY, and her son, Nicholas Mendenhall, 29 years old from LaGrange, KY, had both been drinking at a bar in Carrollton during the night. Jansen left that bar and drove out Highway 42 into Trimble County. She attempted to turn the vehicle around and go back to the bar but became stuck on the side of the road, which resulted in the call to KSP dispatch. Connie Hughes, 64 years old from Bedford, KY, who was a passerby, parked her vehicle at the top of a hill on Highway 42 to keep traffic from hitting Jansen.

While the first incident was taking place on Highway 42, Mendenhall stole a vehicle from a residence on Highway 42 and began driving home, taking the same route at Jansen. When Mendenhall reached the place in the road where Hughes was parked, he failed to stop and ran into her vehicle. Hughes was flown by Air Methods, Inc. to the University of Louisville Hospital. She was pronounced dead at 3:30 this morning.

Mendenhall was arrested and charged with Murder, DUI, and five counts of Wanton Endangerment due to other people who were at the scene at the time of the crash. He was also charged by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office with Theft of a Vehicle. Jansen was charged with DUI. Both were lodged at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Detective Steve Goodale is leading the Murder investigation and Trooper Jim Phelps, an accident reconstructions, is leading the collision investigation. KSP was assisted by the Trimble County Sheriff's Office, Bedford Fire Department, Milton Fire Department, and Trimble County EMS.