Former NASCAR Pit Crew Chief Charged In Fatal Accident

A former NASCAR pit crew chief tested more than five times the legal alcohol limit shortly after he lost control of his tow truck and caused a fatal wreck.

The Charlotte Observer reported that a test showed that Tim Kohuth had a blood-alcohol level of 0.43, well over the 0.08 legal

He is charged with second-degree murder, and is jailed under
a million-dollar bond.

Thursday's crash in Iredell County killed Wesley Worden, owner of a Mooresville art gallery. Worden's wife, Gail, is hospitalized and recovering from injuries.

A state Highway Patrol trooper says Kohuth ran a sheriff's deputy off the road before his truck ran off the road, came back across the center line and hit Worden's SUV.

Kohuth was once a crew chief in the NASCAR Craftsman truck

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  • by DK Location: Greenville on Aug 5, 2008 at 10:51 AM
    Why no more comments?
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Aug 3, 2008 at 08:58 AM
    To: The Editor, Exactly! If it had not been known that he was a 'former' NASCAR crew chief it wouldn't have made the national wires. The fact the he formerly held a somewhat high profile position is what made it news. In reality it is just another drunk that shouldn't have been on the road to begin with. I feel for the families on both sides of this incident. So are we to understand that every time there is an alcohol related death on our highways that you do a background check as to what potentially high profile positions they might have held in their past to decide on whether it is a newsworthy story? The NASCAR reference would only be relevant if he was CURRENTLY a crew chief at the time of the incident. To me this is not about defending NASCAR, it is about defending any organization that has an EX representative that commits a heinous act. What they USED to do is in fact irrelevant. That is all I have to say on this. Thank you.
  • by JBL on Aug 3, 2008 at 06:25 AM
    The pressures of Nascar led him to do this!!!
  • by N Location: Jacksonville on Aug 3, 2008 at 06:16 AM
    I agree with VBush - what's the importance of what the man USED to do? It is a sad event, though. People need to stop those who have been drinking, from getting behind the wheel. Like the old saying goes...Friends don't let friends drive drunk. Prayers to the Worden family.
  • by Margie Location: Windsor on Aug 3, 2008 at 05:23 AM
    I will have to agree with VBush. This guy used to be a NASCAR crew chief had nothing to do with this accident. I am so sorry it happened and I feel for the families, his and the one that got killed, but why penalize the NASCAR people for something they had nothing to do with.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 3, 2008 at 04:23 AM
    I agree with you VBush, the fact the he use to be isn't all about what he did. he is a drunk and he cause a death and it should read just like that, matter of fact he been a drunk for a few years and they all ken it, so why didn't they get him off the road of some help, don't wait until a drunk kill some one.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Aug 2, 2008 at 09:17 PM
    Apparently WITN does not like to be criticized. Anytime I make a post that puts them on the spot it magically gets swallowed up into the abyss. I will ask this question again....Why does this story have to point out what the drunken TOW TRUCK DRIVER USED TO DO prior to his current offense? You don't have to post this, which I am sure you won't....send me an email...I just simply want to know why is the fact that he USED TO BE a NASCAR crew chief part of the story? It has nothing to do with it.

    Editor's Comment: I believe this to be newsworthy BECAUSE he was a former NASCAR Pit Crew Chief. Otherwise this story probably would not have made the state and national wires.

  • by RR Location: Kinston on Aug 2, 2008 at 06:21 PM
    He has been convicted 2 other time in the past 3 years for DUI. I hope they throw the books at him.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Aug 2, 2008 at 06:00 PM
    What does the fact that this drunk "used to be a NASCAR crew chief have to do with the story? If this is not some half hearted attempt to put a stain on NASCAR why was it even mentioned. I see this quite often in news stories. Someone does something heinous, and suddenly what they did for a living in their past is represented as holding some sort of bearing on the story. Apparently he is currently a tow truck driver....The fact that he used to be a NASCAR crew chief holds no value in the story. Can someone explain this? I was a Marine 25 years ago, If I killed someone tomorrow I am sure that the headline in the story would read "Marine commits Homicide". Would it even matter how many different occupations I have held since then?
  • by Mr. Bob on Aug 2, 2008 at 05:46 PM
    I'm sure the media is eating this up even though the facts are not in place. My sympathy for the family.

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