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Benton Man Charged in Fatal Accident
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MARSHALL COUNTY - A wanted Benton man was arrested Friday on charges related to a March 8 collision that claimed the lives of two people

On March 8, Marshall County deputies responded to a multi-vehicle crash that resulted in the death of two individuals. Deputies suspected that the driver, Kevin R. West, was driving under the influence at the time of the crash. West was not arrested at the time of the accident, but was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. 

West left Vanderbilt after treatment, and he has been sought since then on numerous charges including manslaughter and DUI. The Marshall County Sheriff's Office said that they located and arrested West in Marshall County on Friday.

West's full list of charges includes second degree manslaughter, second degree assault, DUI, careless driving, first degree trafficking in a controlled substance (drug unspecified), first degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, and third degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified).



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Previous story: The Marshall County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man involved in a collision Sunday afternoon that claimed the lives of two people.

Marshall County deputies responded to a multi-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon at the intersection of US 68E and Moors Camp Highway. When deputies arrived, they learned that several people from two different vehicles had sustained injuries and were being taken to local hospitals by ambulance and helicopters.

Deputies say that their investigation led them to believe that the driver of one of the vehicles, Kevin R. West of Benton, was under the influence at the time of the collision. West was not arrested, but was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center for treatment. Deputies did, however, initiate a DUI investigation.

A passenger in West's car, 59-year-old Randall Massey of Calvert City, died Sunday as a result of his injuries. Deputies learned Tuesday that 82-year-old Youlane Cathey of Benton also passed away at a medical facility.  Cathey was one of four people in the other vehicle.

Deputies say West has left Vanderbilt Medical Center and is being sought on numerous charges, including second degree manslaughter, second degree assault, DUI, careless driving, first degree trafficking in a controlled substance (drug unspecified), first degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, and third degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified).

Anyone with information on West's whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the Marshall County Sheriff's Office at 270-527-1333.

Published 06:00 AM, Saturday Mar. 21, 2020
Updated 08:38 AM, Sunday Mar. 22, 2020

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