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Murder indictment in local man's death

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By The Staff

A 22-year-old man has been indicted for murder in the Oct. 18, 2009, traffic incident that caused the death of a Taylorsville man.

Kevin Sullivan, of Mount Washington, is in the Bullitt County Detention Center on a $500,000 cash bond for capital murder and five counts of wanton endangerment.

According to a story in The Pioneer News, Sullivan was traveling north in the southbound lanes of US 31East in Mount Washington.

The Kentucky State Police reported that Sullivan collided with a vehicle operated by Joseph Smith, 40, of Taylorsville and then another southbound vehicle operated by Michael L. Workman, 22, of Taylorsville.

Another vehicle, a southbound car driven by Robert Gaddie of Mount Washington, struck the rear of Workman’s car.

Workman died of his injuries at University of Louisville Hospital, where Sullivan was also flown with life-threatening injuries.

Smith and his passengers were not injured. Gaddie was injured and is still undergoing treatment.

The Mount Washington Fire and Rescue Squad had to extricate both Workman and Sullivan from their vehicles.

The charge of murder is a capital offense, punishable by 20 years to life in prison. The wanton endangerment charges are Class D felonies punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

Sullivan was released from the hospital and arrested after his indictment. The case is set for trial on May 25.

Det. Terry Whittaker of the KSP investigated the case.