WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon June 5, 2006
Martin, Mitchell Killed In Motorcycle Crash
Logan County, KY – The Bowling Green and Western Kentucky University communities are in shock and mourning following the deaths of two prominent business leaders over the weekend.
57 year old Cornelius Martin, the chairman of WKU's Board of Regents, was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday morning in Logan County.
Martin was also president and CEO of the Martin Automotive Group which runs automobile and Harley-Davidson dealerships in several states.
It's one of the largest minority powned auto dealership groups in the country. Martin's company was named Black Enterprise Magazine's Auto Dealer of the Year in 1997, recording $114 million in sales.
51 year old Alton "Brooks" Mitchell was also killed when the cycles they were riding were hit by a truck. A third victim, 61 year old Charles "Bill" Leachman was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville. He had his leg amputated as a result of injuries from the crash.
The truck's driver, 54 year old Mickie Mosher of Warsaw, Indiana is facing two counts of second degree manslaughter, assault, driving under the influence and other drug charges