A Louisville man was handed multiple new charges, including murder, in connection to a DUI collision that claimed the life of 20-year-old Crestwood resident Chase Michael Lawson last November.
Joseph Siami, 28, now faces charges including murder, two counts of assault, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief, speeding 26 miles over/greater and reckless driving.
Siami was first charged on Nov. 27 2021 with first-degree operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, the same night his vehicle collided head-on with another occupied by Chase Michael Lawson, of Crestwood, and two others near the intersection of La Grange Road and Hurstborne Parkway, according to information provided by Chief Grady Thornberry the Graymoor-Devondale Police Department.
Lawson, 20, and a student at the University of Kentucky, was later pronounced dead at University Hospital. The other two people involved both received non-life threatening injuries.
Siami was not injured in the wreck.
A son of Michael and Susan Lawson, Lawson was a 2020 graduate of South Oldham High School where he was the captain of the track and field team, according to obituary information posted by the funeral home.
He was a sophomore at the University of Kentucky, majoring in neuroscience with minors in Spanish and biology.
His goal was to go to medical school to become a neurologist.
He spent last summer contributing to neuroscience research at UK and working as a pharmacy tech.
He participated in the UK Men’s Club Volleyball team, was in the Honors Program and was a Governor’s Scholar.
Chase enjoyed UK Sports, playing Frisbee golf and going to concerts. He was a member at Southeast Christian Church and actively volunteered in the preschool ministry. Chase will be remembered for his fun and outgoing personality, his unfailing loyalty and love for others, and his drive to achieve his academic goals.