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Coworker remembers man killed in wrong-way crash

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David Batts (Source: LMDC) David Batts (Source: LMDC)
Jason Shawler Jason Shawler
Esther King Esther King

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Employees at the Ford Motor Company are mourning the loss of a coworker who was killed in a head-on crash on the Gene Snyder Freeway.

Jason Shawler worked as a forklift driver at the company for 18 years. On Thursday, May 30, he got off work early and the father of three went to take a car seat to his wife.

"Their safety was so important to him," explained his coworker Esther King. King worked side-by-side with Shawler every day. He said knowing Shawler will no longer be there has been hard, "It's just hard and it hits really hard to know to go back there and know that he's not coming in. He's not coming to work anymore."

Shawler was on the Gene Snyder Freeway when police said he was involved in a head on collision with David Batts.

Batts was driving the wrong direction on the Freeway at the time of the crash.

A police report stated Batts told police he had been drinking at a bar located off of Breckinridge Lane before he got behind the wheel. The report stated he was driving on a suspended license with a BAC of .161.

Batts was taken to University Hospital following the crash and has seen been transferred to Louisville Metro Department of Correction. He is charged with murder, operating on a suspended license and DUI.

Batts is scheduled to be arraigned on June 10.

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