Speed, alcohol factors in fatal crash near Rupp Arena

Fatal crash on West High Street in Lexington
Fatal crash on West High Street in Lexington(WKYT)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 3:53 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Lexington Police Department has released new details on a deadly crash that happened near Rupp Arena in May.

Police said two men were in a car that struck a metal utility pole on West High Street near Oliver Lewis Way just before 3 a.m on May 7. The driver of the vehicle, 21-year-old Axel Ndagijimana, suffered minor injuries.

Police say speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash. Ndagijimana is charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Axel Ndagijimana, 21.
Axel Ndagijimana, 21.(Lexington Police Dept.)

One of the men, identified as 20-year-old Ralph Hirwa, died as a result of the crash. The Fayette County coroner says Hirwa was the passenger of the vehicle.

Ndagijimana is currently being held at the Fayette County Detention Center.

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