Finley man dies after ATV/truck collision

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By The Staff

William J. "Billy Joe" Cecil of Finley died Sunday evening, Aug. 11, following a two-vehicle collision at 7:09 p.m. Sunday on KY 208, according to the Kentucky State Police.


Joseph M. Spalding, 28, of Lebanon was driving a 2002 Chevy pickup east on KY 208. Spaulding crossed the centerline and struck Cecil, 40, who was driving a 2012 Polaris Razor ATV, the state police reported. Cecil was pronounced dead following the collision.

Jonathan Cecil, 14, was a passenger on the ATV. He was taken to Spring View Hosptial in a private vehicle, and was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Jonathan Cecil was wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision, according to the accident report.

Spalding was not wearing a seat belt and he was not injured in the collision. However, he was arrested on a charge of DUI, first offense, with aggravating circumstances. Additional charges are pending, according to the state police.

Trooper Logan Richardson is investigating the collision.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Lebanon Fire Department, Marion County EMS and Marion County Rescue also assisted at the scene. 

Spalding is being held at the Marion County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond. He has entered a plea of not guilty to the DUI charge.

Education fund established for Cecil's sons

William Cecil's family has established an educational fund for his sons, who are 18, 16 and 14.

The Cecil Educational Fund has been set up at Citizens National Bank in Lebanon. To make a donation to the fund, just inform any teller at the bank that you would like to contribute.

The family is appreciative of any contribution.

Editor's note: WLBN shared the announcement about the educational fund.