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UPDATE: Man Charged in Deadly High Speed Chase Waives to Grand Jury

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 10/5/13 @ 7:30 p.m.
LOUISA, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A driver that KSP says was involved in a deadly high speed chase where an innocent man was killed has waived his case to grand jury Wednesday.

Kentucky State Police charged Joshua A. Fitzpatrick, 34, of Paintsville, with murder and other charges following the accident Friday night in Lawrence County, Ky.

The incident began when troopers say they received a report of a vehicle traveling north on U.S. 23 in a reckless manner.

Troopers located Fitzpatrick's car and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but they say he accelerated and continued on down the highway with the trooper in pursuit.

Troopers say Fitzpatrick eventually turned on KY 644. At the intersection with B Street in Louisa, they say he lost control and crossed into the path of a motorcycle operated by Johnny K. Maynard Jr., 40, of Catlettsburg.

Maynard was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Fitzpatrick was arrested and charged with murder, fleeing and evading police, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and or drugs and driving on a suspended operator's license.

Wednesday, Fitzpatrick was brought to the Lawrence County Courthouse for his preliminary hearing. The case was waived to the grand jury without testimony.

He remains in the Big Sandy Detention Center.

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UPDATE 10/5/13 @ 7:30 p.m.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – A deadly high-speed chase has left the small community of Louisa, Ky. rattled, including a young man who saw the crash between the car and a motorcycle that killed the man on the motorcycle.

Joshua Fitzpatrick, 34, of Paintsville is accused of driving recklessly on U.S. 23 in Lawrence County, Ky. on Friday. Kentucky State Police say that when a trooper tried to pull him over, Fitzpatrick took off, eventually turning onto KY-644 in Louisa, where he lost control of the car. He’s now facing a long list of charges, including murder, after police say he hit and killed Johnny Keither Maynard, Jr., 40, of Catlettsburg and narrowly missed Maynard’s wife.

Justin Russell saw the crash happen in front of his house and rushed to help Maynard, along with his younger brother.

“We had just come home from work. We had, matter of fact, just set down and it wasn't five minutes we had heard sirens,” Russell said. “[I] had took off my boots and everything and ran down in my sandals to get down to him.”

Russell and his brother held Maynard in their arms and tried to do what they could to stop the bleeding from his leg.

“Total carnage. I mean, it was awful,” Russell said. “[My brother] had even took my belt off me and put it around [Maynard’s] leg to stop the bleeding from his ankle cause it was crushed.”

Russell showed WSAZ.com the sleeve of his T-shirt, the same one he was wearing when the crash happened.

“That's the motor oil and gas where he grabbed ahold of my arm,” Russell said, pointing to what looked like smudged fingerprints. “[I] had his head, his head right here and he kept reaching up and holding my arm and saying, you know, ‘Please don't let me die, man.’”

Trained as a volunteer firefighter, Russell said he still didn’t know if he was doing everything right and was nervous. He told a woman who was also helping that he didn’t know what to do.

“She said, ‘You're doing it.’ She said, ‘You're doing the best you can,’” Russell said.

Russell said he is sorry for the family and wishes he could have done more. He said this is not something anyone expects to have happen.

“I've been close to family when they get ready to pass but never somebody so close that, you know, all he wanted to do is beg to stay alive,” Russell said.

He said if he had to, he would do it all over again.

Police say Maynard was pronounced dead at Three Rivers Medical Center, just a few blocks away from where this all happened on KY-644.

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ORIGINAL STORY 10/5/13 @ 5 a.m.
LOUISA, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A man arrested and charged with murder and the weapon was his 2001 Toyota Camry.

According to a news release from Kentucky State Police, troopers received a report Friday evening of a vehicle traveling north on U.S. 23 in a reckless manner.

Trooper Devan Cleaver located the Camry and after observing violations attempted to conduct a traffic stop.

The vehicle accelerated and traveled at a high rate of speed.

Trooper Cleaver continued pursuing the vehicle, which turned onto KY 644 at a high rate of speed.

State Police say Joshua A. Fitzpatrick, 34, of Paintsville, attempted to pass the intersection of KY 644 and B Street when he lost control of the vehicle. It crossed into the path of a motorcycle operated by Johnny K. Maynard Jr., of Catlettsburg.

He was taken to the hospital where he later died. He was 40-years-old.

It was reported to troopers that Fitzpatrick had been engaged in a domestic dispute in Paintsville earlier in the day and had left in a stolen tan 2001 Toyota Camry, according to a news release.

34-year-old Fitzpatrick was arrested and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

He's charged with murder, fleeing and evading police, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of Alcohol and or Drugs and driving on a suspended operator's license.

The case remains under investigation.


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