Man indicted in vehicular homicide of radio DJ’s son

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The driver of a car that struck and killed a bicyclist last year in southwest Memphis was indicted Tuesday.

Melvin Willies, 63, was indicted on alcohol-related aggravated vehicular homicide charges.

Willies is charged in connection with the death of Kenya Matthews, 34, who was riding a bicycle on Weaver Road near Raines Road.

Matthews, who is the son of radio talk show host Thaddeus Matthews, was struck by a vehicle driven by Willies at around 10:30 p.m. on June 15, 2017.

Willies told police he has just come from the club and had a few shots.

Police said Willies had no valid driver's license or insurance at the time of the accident.

Willies is currently free on bond.

Thaddeus Mathews said he will continue to fight for justice for his son and the indictment is a step closer to that happening.

"He killed my son. Now he is on the streets. Now he is going to kill someone if he is not incarcerated," Thaddeus said. "It's just the next step in locking him up for a long time."

Willies said he did not know about the recent indictment and did not want to speak on camera until he spoke with his attorney.

"Hopefully at his age he will die in jail," Thaddeus said.

While Thaddeus Mathews waits for the wheels of justice to turn in criminal court, he has filed a civil lawsuit against Shelby County.

He said Shelby County is partially at fault for his son's death because Willies was on probation for reckless driving and an interlock device should have been inside of his vehicle.

"It says to Shelby County government that you need to change the laws," Thaddeus said.

Sasha Jones reached out to a Shelby County spokesperson concerning the civil lawsuit filed by Thaddeus Matthews, and as of now she has not heard back.

Shelby County did not have a comment on the lawsuit back in September.

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