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Family members of William J. “Billy Joe” Cecil are trying to help his sons further their education.
Cecil, 40, of Finley died Aug. 11 as the result of a collision involving his 2012 Polaris Razor ATV and a Chevy pickup truck.
Cecil was driving his ATV on Hwy. 208 in Calvary, when Joseph M. Spalding, 28, of Lebanon crossed the centerline in a 2002 Chevy truck and struck the ATV, according to the Kentucky State Police.
Cecil died following the accident. His youngest son, Jonathan, was riding on the ATV at the time of the collision. He suffered non-life threatening injuries as a result.
Cecil, who worked at Joy Mining and attended Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, is survived by his wife, Tina, and three sons: Joseph Todd, Nicolas Kevin and Jonathan.
Cecil’s relatives have created the Cecil Educational Fund to help his sons, who are 18, 16 and 14.
An account for the fund has been set up at Citizens National Bank. Anyone who would like to donate to the fund just needs to inform any teller at the bank.
Breath test was more than twice legal limit
Spalding was arrested on a charge of DUI first offense with aggravating circumstances as a result of the fatal collision, and more charges are pending, according to the Kentucky State Police.
The arrest report notes that Spalding submitted to a breath test and blew a .193, which is more than double the legal limit of .08.
Spalding has entered a not guilty plea, and he is being held at the Marion County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.
The fatal collision wasn’t the only driving incident Spalding was involved in Aug. 11, according to court records.
According to the Lebanon Police, Spalding was driving a 2002 Chevy pickup that struck a parked car in the Wal-Mart parking at 6:06 p.m. Aug. 11. The parked car is a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am that belonged to Julie Brady, 46, of Lebanon.
Spalding is facing a charge of leaving the scene of an accident stemming from the Wal-mart parking lot incident.
The collision that killed Cecil occurred at 7:09 that same night.
Aug. 11 wasn’t the first time Spalding was arrested for an incident involving alcohol, either.
Since 2004, he has been convicted of five DUIs and three charges of alcohol intoxication in a public place.
Spalding was found guilty of DUI under 21 on Sept. 24, 2004. His license was suspended for 90 days, and he was ordered to pay $154.50 and a $100 fine.
On Nov. 8, 2004, Spalding received 24 months of probation for another DUI under 21. This was amended down from DUI second offense. He was also guilty of driving on a DUI suspended license and speeding 20 miles per hour over the limit.
On July 6, 2005, Spalding’s license was again suspended for 90 days on a charge of DUI first offense. This was amended down from a charge of DUI second offense. He was also guilty of operating on a suspended or revoked license and possession of marijuana.
On Sept. 6, 2006, Spalding’s license was suspended for 12 months for DUI second offense in a Taylor County case. He was also guilty of driving on a DUI suspended license with aggravator, and he was ordered to pay $467 costs and a $350 fine. Charges of possession of an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle and failure to wear seat belts were dismissed.
Back in Marion County, on March 28, 2008, Spalding was given 24 months probation for DUI, third offense. He was also guilty of driving on a DUI suspended license. He was ordered to pay $481 costs and a $500 fine.
Spalding’s three alcohol intoxication charges have all occurred since 2008.
He received 24 months of probation for alcohol intoxication first or second offence on Jan. 14, 2008. He was found guilty of the same charge Oct. 1, 2008, and Feb. 27, 2011.
Not all of Spalding’s criminal record involves cases alcohol, however.
He received 24 months of probation for possession of marijuana in Taylor County on Aug. 6, 2007.
In Marion County, he was ordered to serve 30 days in jail, with credit for 13 days served, for theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting) and violating his probation.
And on March 1, 2010, he received five years of probation for third-degree burglary.