LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Friends are mourning the loss the of a man killed in a suspected drinking and driving crash Sunday night. It was a one car accident, the passenger was killed and the driver- his friend- is charged with his death.
51-year-old Robert Kempf is currently behind bars. He is charged with DUI and murder after the crash.
"He loved football, his beer and fast cars," said Michael Reynolds, friend of man killed in crash.
On Super Bowl Sunday, it was a deadly a combination for 48-year-old Michael Carr.
"That's the last thing he enjoyed before he left," said Reynolds.
Reynolds has known Carr for more than 30 years. He saw the crash on the news, but had no idea until a phone call, that his friend was the one who died.
"It just took my breath away," said Reynolds.
Police say Kempf was speeding in the 1995 white Corvette when he lost control on I-71 near the Watterson and flipped the car several times. "They probably just weren't thinking that this accident was going to happen, who ever does," said Reynolds.
The Louisville native was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the police report, Kempf admitted to drinking prior in the evening. While Reynolds is angry at the driver, he doesn't know how to feel about the serious charges brought against him.
"If just one person could take away, what I'm saying and not get behind the wheel when drinking, then that would be justice done," said Reynolds.
Reynolds says Carr leaves behind no close family members, his mother and father died years ago, and he never married.
"There's just not enough money to give him a proper burial, so they are speaking of giving him a government burial or a county burial, and letting people come out for about 15 minutes to say their good-byes," said Reynolds. "He was just a wonderful person."
A judge lowered Kempf's bond to $250,000 at the request of his lawyer. He is due back in court later this month.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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