A truck driver from Alabama has been charged with murder after police say he caused a crash that left a Frankfort woman dead.
Police say 46-year-old Paul George Neto, of Decatur, AL, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he crossed the center line on U.S. 421 and ran into a minivan head on at around 9:00, Wednesday night.
The crash was so violent, the truck pushed the van 250 feet, left the road and ran into several trees and utility poles. Police say the vehicles were fused together.
The driver of the van, 41-year-old Leslye Robertson of Frankfort, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Neto was taken to the hospital and then on to the Franklin County Detention Center. He's been charged with Murder, Operating Motor Vehicle Subject Impaired Alcohol/Drugs 1st Offense, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Control Substance 1st degree Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He's being held in the Franklin County Detention Center on a $1 million dollar bond.
U.S. 421 was shut down overnight as police investigated the crash. It is now back open, but police say they'll have to shut it down sometime on Thursday so they can remove the tractor trailer from the scene.