Victim's name released in deadly Lexington hit-and-run crash


SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - A house off Grundy Woods drive in Pulaski County was home to Wanda Beach.

“Wanda loved her yard, she loved her flowers, she loved about everything,” said her brother, Clyde.

The homemaker, mother, grandmother and sister, died Saturday night in a crash on I-64 in Fayette County.

“They were in the process of moving to Beattyville, fixing up a house,” he said. Clyde Beach said his sister had just picked up her boyfriend and the the two were headed from Grant County.

The 68-year-old woman who had 15 siblings, was killed when the car she was in collided with one driven by Angel Meija. Police suspect alcohol was a factor. The suspect fled from the crash and was found hiding in a barn.

“More questions than answers,” said Clyde.

There are questions if Meija was in this country legally. Immigrations and customs officials have placed a detainer on him if he makes bond.

“I think justice should serve him well. He should understand you can’t do this,” said Clyde Beach.

Wanda Beach worked at the Somerset Comfort Inn, preparing guests breakfast. The manager says she was loved and respected by everyone. In fact, many of those who stayed and worked there called her “Mama.”

She was supposed to work there Sunday morning.

“It’s hard to understand how it happened. So quick,” said Clyde Beach.

Meija pleaded not guilty during his district court arraignment and a public defender was appointed.

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