Truck Driver Charged With Murder After Crash

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.

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  • by Lindsay Location: Frankfort on Feb 4, 2008 at 09:56 PM
    Neto should be thankful that he still HAS his daughter unlike that poor family here in Frankfort that lost there precious daughter Leslye do to some psycho, none-caring drug addict who only thinks of no one but himself! Neto, don't think that you will get pitty from us here in Frankfort because we want you out of town before sundown ONCE your trial is over which should not take long considering you MURDERED one of our own!!!!!!! And to you Alabama peeps who are defending this KILLER, hope you ALL ain't like him!!!!! If so PLEASE stay out of OUR state!
  • by Macy Location: Frankfort on Feb 1, 2008 at 09:37 PM
    Leslye was late getting in from church so her husband & 12 year old daughter went to look for her and came upon the accident! What a tragedy for a child to see this! I know one of the cops that worked the wreck and he said it was one of the worst he has ever seen. (edited) Some of my family is good friends with the husband, daughter & Leslye's Mom & Dad. This is such a tragedy! Let's hold this family up in prayer! Drinking, drugging and driving just ain't worth it! What a precious lady taken at such a young age and had so much to live for and look forward too. God help them!!!!!!!!
  • by Mike Location: Danville on Jan 28, 2008 at 01:43 PM
    I recently heard a good take on how to get rid of the drug problems we face today. Make them legal. Make those who sell the drugs pay taxes on the income. If we start taxing drug shipments that come into the country from Columbia, and other drug dealing places, the shipments will stop. These drug dealers are business men, and when you start eating into their profits, like any good business man, they will stop shipments.
  • by Kourtney Location: Hazard, Ky on Jan 27, 2008 at 02:05 PM
    You Would Like This World Would Straiting Up A Little Bit. But, If You said That You'd Be Lying Too You Too Your Self. This World Needs Too Clean The Messes Up From Car Crashes, DUI, Murders. Much More. I Dont Kno How Much More The World Can Take It. I can Take It. I Cant Take It Much More!
  • by donny Location: ky on Jan 26, 2008 at 02:52 PM
    i think all workers should be drug tested. its sad that it comes to this but druggies messes up ever thing.not safe to be on the roads any more. not safe to be in your home either.. what a world we live in..
  • by johnny Location: ky on Jan 26, 2008 at 05:34 AM
    the economy has nothing to do with driving under the influence.trucking companies does drug testing but some people knows how to get around it.look at the people who drives cars while druged up probly a lot more of them than they are truck matter what you are driving if you have a wreck and someone is killed you had better not have drugs in your system no matter where it is your fault or not.just wondern how many people drive daily under the influence.but lets all pray for this womans famile they have lost a loveone
  • by Wiliam Location: Pineville, KY on Jan 26, 2008 at 04:33 AM
    We do not need more laws on the books; we need to let law enforcement enforce the laws that are on the books without crying that it is not fair. This truck driver made the choice to use those illegal drugs and drive his truck. Now he will lose his job, be jailed for murder, and have to remember this wreck the rest of his life. NO JOB IS WORTH THAT!!!!!
  • by William Location: Pineville, KY on Jan 26, 2008 at 04:26 AM
    The truck driver chose to use those illegal drugs and to operate his vehicle that way. It is not the trucking industry problem but the drivers. This just gives every truck driver a black eye. Law enforcement needs to check these drivers at the truck stops and on the road more often to try a keep this from happening again. If one truck drive is stopped this way before a fatal wreck happens again it will be worth all of the delays that this would cause. If you are going to use illegal drugs - stay off of the highways - save a life - it might be yours!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Mike Location: Bowling Green on Jan 25, 2008 at 06:30 PM
    Thought and prayers go out to this ladies family and every life she has touched. I have known Paul personally for 15 years, it is sad day for me. He is not the kind of man that would ever want to hurt anyone. I can say that he would give his life to change it all back. As for the commets about a weak judical system I cant agree more. We had a lady kill 2 men and the other lost his leg @ a year ago and she as the same got off with a slap on the wrist. She was a pot head and was driving a commercial truck. These men where on motorcycles and she crossed over into the other lane picking up a pack off smokes. Anyway God bless all families and God be with them. Also Paul will be in jail for the rest of his life. This is hard for me to say about a brother but that is what happen when you play in (edited), and that is what he deserves.
  • by SR Location: Foothills on Jan 25, 2008 at 05:49 PM
    This is very sad.. I do have to agree with Alabama from Alabama.. until they do something with these druggies instead of turning them loose because they "just don't have the room to hold them" things are just going to get worst.. and not all truck drivers drink and drive.. they work hard for a living.. (most of them), but just like anything else..there are those few. God Bless this Family..
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