Murder trial for drunk driver set Nov. 12, could be sooner

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

A Louisville man charged with murder for a drunk-driving crash that led to the death of a Westport man could face trial earlier than scheduled.

Nicholas W. “Nick” Snoddy appeared in Oldham circuit court recently, where his defense attorney and prosecutors discussed his Nov. 12 trial date.

Snoddy, 23, has pleaded not guilty to murder, two counts of fleeing or evading police, four counts wanton endangerment of civilians and police officers, DUI (third offense), driving on a DUI-suspended license and speeding 26 mph over limit (or greater).

Judge Karen Conrad said a trial scheduled this summer in Oldham circuit court will likely be resolved with a plea agreement. If that occurs, Snoddy’s trial will move ahead on the docket.

According to court documents, an Oldham County police officer witnessed Snoddy speeding on June 13 and attempted to stop him on U.S. 42 near La Grange.

Snoddy fled to Ky. 53 and crashed into a motorcycle driven by Westport resident Charley Klosterman near Old Sligo Road.

The impact of the crash tossed Klosterman from his bike. He was wearing a helmet and landed in the grass.

Police officers chasing Snoddy stopped to aid Klosterman, as did several other drivers and a woman who lived nearby.

But Snoddy continued to flee.

Emergency crews took Klosterman to University Hospital in Louisville, where he spent several weeks fighting for his life. He suffered a multitude of severe injuries, and doctors amputated a portion of his leg shortly after the crash.

His wife, Patty, created a website to update family and friends. In addition to the couple’s three children and four grandchildren, Charley had 14 brothers and sisters.

Patty chronicled Charley’s health as a rollercoaster of procedures, successes and setbacks.

Nine weeks after his motorcycle ride took a tragic turn, Klosterman died Aug. 18 at University Hospital. He was 65.

Snoddy’s blood-alcohol concentration registered as .21 – the legal limit in Kentucky is .08 – and he was driving on a suspended license as a result of a previous DUI arrest.

Snoddy left Oldham Co. Jail three days after his arrest on indictment in October. His parents posted $150,000 cash.

He is working full-time at an apartment complex in Louisville.

His bond conditions prohibit driving, use of alcohol or illegal drugs and contact with victims or victims’ families.

Snoddy is charged with wanton endangerment on behalf of two drivers – Austin Howley and Josh Smith – and two police officers put at substantial risk as Snoddy fled.

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