Victim in alleged DUI crash dies; murder charge possible

(source: LMDC)
(source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man badly injured in what police described as an alcohol-related car crash has died, which could lead to a murder charge against the driver.

The Jefferson County coroner's office said the victim, Jacob Mower, 33, of Clarksville, IN, died Wednesday morning of a severe brain injury.

Louisville Metro Police said Mower was a back seat passenger in a car driven by John Koerner, 34, early Saturday morning. According to investigators, Koerner lost control of the car, jumped lanes and hit a tree, throwing Mower from the vehicle. The accident happened in the 2400 block of Grinstead Drive.

Police said Koerner and another passenger, Kristy Harper, 32, left the crash scene. Officers located them a short time later.

Koerner was charged with assault, wanton endangerment, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, and having no insurance.

Harper was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and alcohol intoxication in a public place.

LMPD said it would consult with the Commonwealth's Attorney's office to discuss upgrading Koerner's assault charge to a murder charge.

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