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A Carroll County man was killed after being struck by an alleged drunken driver while walking along Hwy. 227 about 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Michael Wayne Beach, 27, of Carrollton, an employee at Kroger, was struck by a vehicle driven by James Wilhoite, 24, also of Carrollton, according to a news release issued Wednesday by Kentucky State Police Post 5. KSP said Wilhoite's vehicle crossed the white line on the right side of the road and struck Beach as he was walking.
Beach was pronounced dead later that night at Carroll County Memorial Hospital by Henry County Coroner James E. Pollard.
Willhoite allegedly left the scene and abandoned his vehicle in a nearby parking lot. He was later apprehended and charged with second-degree manslaughter, a Class C felony, and driving under the influence, second offence. Wilhoite previously was arrested for DUI on July 28. He was lodged at the Carroll County Detention Center but released on $5,000 cash bond.
If convicted, Wilhoite faces five to 10 years in prison for the manslaughter charge. For the DUI, his second offense in five years, he faces a fine of $350 to $500 and seven days to six months in jail.
KSP Detective Tim Moore is leading the ongoing investigation, with assistance from Trooper Brandon Maupin, an accident reconstrucionist. Also assisting at the scene were officers from the Carrollton Police Department, deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Carroll County EMS, and Carroll County Rescue.
Funeral services Saturday
Funeral services for Beach are planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Family Worship Center in Carrollton. Visitation is 11 a.m. until the service at the church.
He is survived by his parents, Amos (Michelle) McKinney and Rena Beach Poland, both of Carrollton; two brothers, Eli Poland of Carrollton and James Anthony McKinney of Indiana; and three stepbrothers, George Taylor of Owen County, James Joseph Taylor of Ghent and Zachary Taylor of Carroll County.
Graham-Dunn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.