A Radcliff man, who police said was driving the wrong way on US 31W early Thursday morning, has been charged with murder after his car crashed into a southbound vehicle that killed a woman in ‘Elizabethtown.
Tonya Kelly, 21, was transported from the scene of the accident outside Rural King in Radcliff to Louisville University Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
Tyrone Shaker Raehme, 22, had previously been charged with impaired driving twice in the past five months before the two vehicle crash, court records show.
Raehme, who is being held at the Hardin County Detention Center, was driving a 2004 Toyota that struck Kelly’s vehicle, police said.
There were no passengers in the two vehicles. Police say the collision happened at around 12:57 am and Raehme was arrested at 2:32 am by Radcliff Police.
Kelly was a 2018 graduate of John Hardin High School.
Raehme was initially charged with gratuitous first degree endangerment.
“The murder charge was laid when the young woman died,” Radcliff Police Department chief Jeff Cross said.
According to court records, Raehme was arrested in April in Nelson County and charged with the first offense for drinking and driving. He was administratively released, which means he did not appear before a judge.
In June, in Jefferson County, he was charged again with impaired driving and free endangerment in the first degree and released on $ 2,500 bail. As part of his bond conditions, Raehme was ordered not to drive a vehicle.
He was also charged Thursday with synthetic drug trafficking and driving without insurance. According to an arrest quote, he told Radcliff Police that he had drunk a beer.
Commonwealth attorney Shane Young said he would present the case against Raehme on September 23 to a Hardin County grand jury.
If convicted, Raehme could face 20 to 50 years in prison or life in prison.