A Hopkinsville man has been charged with murder after his vehicle hit and killed a woman in Elkton on Wednesday.
Kentucky State Police Post 2 in Madisonville was contacted by Todd County Dispatch around 3:22 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a vehicle striking a pedestrian, a news release from KSP states.
The collision occurred in the 1100 block of Blue and Gray Park Road in Elkton.
Billy Jo Faughn, 42, Hopkinsville, was operating a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee southbound on Blue and Gray Park Road, when for unknown reasons, he exited the eastbound shoulder of the roadway. Faughn’s vehicle traveled several hundred feet before striking 71-year-old Sarah J. Barrow, who was standing near the garage at her residence.
Faughn’s vehicle then struck an exterior wall of the residence, where the vehicle came to final rest, the release states.
Barrow was flown to Skyline Hospital in Nashville, where she succumbed to her injuries, the release states.
Faughn was arrested and lodged in the Todd County Detention Center, where he was charged with murder; first-degree driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.
The investigation is ongoing by Accident Reconstructionist Trooper Hunter Carroll.
KSP was assisted at the scene by Todd County Sheriff’s Department, Todd County EMS, AirEvac and Wilson’s Towing.
According to New Era archives, Faughn received five years probation in 2013 after pleading guilty to second-degree persistent felony offender, and to facilitation on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, theft of anhydrous ammonia to manufacture meth, possession of anhydrous ammonia in an unapproved container to manufacture met and tampering with anhydrous ammonia to manufacture meth.
In 2016, Faughn graduated from Christian County Drug Court.
Additionally, New Era archives show that Faughn’s father died Friday and his funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday.