Motorcyclist seriously injured by alleged drunk driver in La Grange

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack and Tracy Harris

A Westport man remains in critical condition after his motorcycle was struck head-on by an alleged drunk driver Wednesday evening near Ky. 53 and Old Sligo Road.

Charles Klosterman suffered several broken bones and severe leg injuries as a speeding car collided with his motorcycle about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

Klosterman is in serious but stable condition at University Hospital in Louisville as of Saturday morning, June 16. 

The driver of the car, Nicholas Snoddy, is now in jail for DUI and leaving the scene of the crash, among other charges. 

Oldham County Police Officer Matt Perdue had clocked a Chevrolet sedan traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on U.S. 42 just prior to the crash, according to OCPD Sgt. Neil Johnson.

Snoddy, 23, of Louisville, was driving the Chevy and accelerated as Perdue turned around to pursue him.

Perdue said he lost sight of the Chevy as Snoddy began passing other vehicles. He alerted Oldham County Dispatch and officers from the Oldham County Sheriff and La Grange Police departments responded.

Officers drove northbound on Ky. 53 in an attempt to locate Snoddy.  

As Oldham County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Fitzner approached Old Sligo Road at Ky. 53, he witnessed Snoddy continuing at a high rate of speed in the opposite direction.

Fitzner stopped to turn around and saw Snoddy pass another vehicle, entering the northbound lane.

While attempting to pass, Snoddy hit Klosterman's motorcycle head-on, Johnson said.

Johnson said Klosterman was alert and talking before being transported to the hospital.

Snoddy was arrested after being treated for minor injuries at Baptist Hospital Northeast. 

He faces 16 charges, including DUI, three counts of wanton endangerment, three counts of fleeing or evading police, first-degree assault and speeding 23 mph over the limit.

Snoddy is also charged with driving under the influence on a suspended license, second offense, and possessing a license when driving privileges have been revoked.