Russell County 18-year-old charged with murder following wreck in Louisville

A Russell County man is facing a murder charge after a collision early Tuesday morning that left another man dead.

According to reports out of Louisville, 18-year-old Nathaniel Martinez was charged with murder, wanton endangerment, driving under the influence, and criminal mischief.

Martinez appeared in Jefferson District Court yesterday morning. His bond was set at $100,000 and he is scheduled to appear again on Aug. 31.

According to reports, Martinez was operating a 2005 Nissan Altima with two others in the vehicle when he ran through a stoplight and struck another vehicle driving southbound on 4th Street.

The man driving that vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The two passengers in Martinez’s vehicle were taken to the hospital for injuries, but are not considered life-threatening.


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