Accident claims life of MW man

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By Mallory Bilger

MOUNT WASHINGTON -- The Bullitt County Sheriff's Department is working to determine if speed and alcohol contributed to a tragic Wednesday evening accident that left one local man dead.

Joshua Michael Bartley, 22, of Mount Washington, was killed after the vehicle he was riding in left the roadway and flipped several times, Bullitt County Sheriff's Dept. Chief Deputy Danny Thompson said.

Thompson said Heather Michelle Woloch, 19, of Shepherdsville was traveling south on Bardstown Road near Oakbrooke Drive when she lost control of her 2001 Dodge Stratus and crashed.

Thompson said Woloch was attempting to pass another vehicle -- in which Bartley's brother was riding -- when she crossed the right lane and hit an earth embankment, causing the vehicle to flip several times.

Thompson said Woloch and Bartley were ejected from the car. He said at one point the vehicle rolled onto Bartley, causing multiple blunt force trauma injuries.

Thompson said both the driver and passenger were transported to University Hospital, where Bartley was pronounced dead. Thompson said Woloch sustained non-life threatening injuries and was later released.

It is suspected that neither Woloch nor Bartley were wearing seatbelts, Thompson said. Both alcohol and speed are being investigated as contributing factors to the accident.

"We're looking into those two items, but that's all we can release at this time," Thompson said.

He said toxicology reports would be subpoenaed from the hospital for the investigation.

No criminal charges have been filed at this time.