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Bond set at $1 million for man charged in Patriot Parkway fatality

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By Jeff D'Alessio

Bond has been set at $1 million cash for an Irvington man charged with murder in Sunday night's wreck at the intersection of Deckard School Road and Patriot Parkway that killed Brianna Taylor, 17, of Elizabethtown.

Michael Todd Hilton, 34, was booked into the Hardin County Detention Center at 8:17 p.m. Thursday. He also is charged with aggravated driving under the influence. A cooler and cans of beer were found at the scene.

Bond was set Friday morning. He is scheduled for a court appearance at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Hardin District Court.

Murder is a Class A felony punishable by up to 50 years or life in prison if convicted.

A red pickup truck driven by Hilton and carrying his twin brother, Anthony, collided with a red Mustang driven by Taylor, who was buried Thursday. She graduated from Elizabethtown High School 16 days prior to the crash.

Taylor was driving north on Patriot Parkway and taking a friend, Mickayla Harig, 18, home from an evening fishing trip in Rineyville. Harig remains in University Hospital in Louisville.

Michael Hilton was driving east on Deckard School Road where there is a stop sign at the intersection.

Taylor died Monday morning at University Hospital while in surgery.

Taylor was a seven-year member of the Elizabethtown softball team and planned to attend Western Kentucky University in August.

According to Chris Jessie, public information officer at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4 office, there is portable message sign on Deckard School Road. The signs in the area inform drivers to “Watch for cross traffic,” “New road open” and “Stop ahead,” which have been in place since May 19.

Jeff D'Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.