LMPD: SUV driver was under the influence in crash that killed motorcyclist
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – The driver of an SUV was found to be under the influence following a crash that left a motorcyclist dead, according to Louisville Metro police.
The crash was reported in the 7900 block of South Third Street around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. LMPD spokeswoman officer Beth Ruoff said the SUV was going southbound and the motorcycle was in the northbound lane when the SUV made an opposing left-hand turn.
The motorcyclist, identified as Gregory Ray, 52, by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, was pronounced dead at the scene.
An officer said the driver of the SUV, Carl Maertz, 63, had slow speech, glassy eyes with pinpoint pupils and was unsteady on his feet. Maertz’s arrest slip states he told officers he had one beer and was on several medications.
Maertz was booked into Louisville Metro Department of Corrections and charged with murder, operating a motor vehicle under the influence and reckless driving.
In court Wednesday, a not guilty plea was entered for Maertz. He was ordered not to have contact with the victim’s family and license was suspended.
His arrest slip states Maertz was given two blood tests following the crash. The results of those tests were not available in court Wednesday morning.
Maertz is scheduled to appear back in court on June 24. His bond remained at $100,000.
The LMPD Traffic Unit is investigating the crash.
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