Former NASCAR crew chief sentenced to 8 1/2 years for DWI fatal wreck | Crime
By Jeff Rivenbark - email
IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A man charged in fatal crash which happened two years ago in Mooresville has been sentenced to 8-1/2 years in prison.
Former NASCAR pit crew chief Timothy Kohuth pleaded guilty this week in Iredell County to second-degree murder in connection with the 2008 deadly wreck which occurred on Brawley School Road.
Kohuth was driving a flatbed tow truck and crossed the center line nearly hitting a sheriff's deputy who was driving in the opposite direction.
The deputy turned around and started following Kohuth.
A short time later, Kohuth ran off the road a second time, striking a mailbox and a culvert. He then crossed back over the center line and collided with an SUV.
Wesley Worden of Mooresville was a driving the SUV and died in the crash. His wife, Gail, was a passenger in the car and was airlifted to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem.
Following the crash, Kohuth's blood alcohol content level was fives times over the legal limit.
He was charged with second-degree murder and driving while impaired.
According to the highway patrol, Kohuth has a history of drunk driving arrests and has been charged with DWI twice in the past four years.
Previously, Kohuth was a crew chief in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Following his plea agreement, Kohuth received a 9-1/2 to 12-1/2 sentence and will receive credit for the time he has already served in jail awaiting trial.
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