WLEX Graphic Designer Dies in Car Crash

By Kevin Eck 

WLEX graphic designer Billy Williamson died Friday night in a car crash. He was 54 years old.

The station said Lexington PD  has arrested 39-year-old Ronald Smith in connection to the crash. Smith is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, no registration plates, and failure of owner to maintain required insurance 1st offense. He is being held in the Fayette County Detention Center.

Williamson worked at the Lexington, Kentucky NBC affiliate for 21 years.


“We’re all gonna miss Billy so much we were a second family to him, and he was sort of a little brother to all of us even though he’s now in his 50’s,” said WLEX anchor Nancy Cox. “But I can’t imagine the pain that his biological family is going through and those closest to him. It’s just not right.”

Williamson was most recently a graphic designer at the news station.

“Everything we do every job that it takes to make the news happen has to be creative, it’s all meant to tell a story to you, to convey exactly what you need to know in a way that connects with you. And graphics are certainly a part of that. Everything that Billy did was a part of that — he knew that and he wanted to make that experience for the viewer the best it could be,” said Cox. “He was proud of what he did, and it took a lot of hard work for our product to come together, and Billy was a big part of that.”