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Auto Accident in Louisville Claims Life of Passenger – DUI to Blame

Posted on Mar 01, 2012
On Saturday, February 11, 2012, a serious auto accident in Louisville, KY occurred. Sadly, one man was seriously injured and died days later of the injuries sustained in the crash. Police are indicating that this accident could now lead to murder charges against the driver for an alleged DUI charge. 

Before 5:30 AM on Wednesday, 33-year-old Jacob Mower, of Clarksville, IN, died of his injuries. The Jefferson County coroner’s office identified the deceased victim and indicated that he died of a severe anoxic brain injury.  

Mower was seated in the back seat of a silver 2003 Honda Accord driven by 34-year-old John Koerner. Reports indicate that the crash Mower was in took place early Saturday morning when Koerner lost control of his car at Grinstead Drive and Cherokee Parkway. As a result, the car jumped lanes and hit a tree. Mower was thrown from the car in the 2400 block of Grinstead Drive and suffered a head injury. 

The driver, along with passenger Kristy Harper, 32, left the scene of the accident and left behind Mower, who was badly injured. However, police officers found Koerner and Harper nearby. Koerner was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence, assault, first-degree wanton endangerment, and driving with no insurance. Harper was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and alcohol intoxication in a public place. 

The Louisville Metro Police believe this to be an alcohol-related car crash and are looking to possibly upgrade Koerner’s charges from first-degree assault to murder. 

The Northern Kentucky accident attorneys of Schachter, Hendy, & Johnson would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased, and we would like to remind all motorists of the dangers of drinking and driving.

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