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One killed, two hurt in fiery crash

By: Elizabeth Dorsett, Janet Kim Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett, Janet Kim Email

We're learning new information about a crash that killed one young woman and injured two others.

That crash happened around two Wednesday morning on Old Richmond Road, near Walnut Hill Road.

The impact was so violent, the car burst into flames and ejected 22-year-old Cierra James of Lexington, who was wearing a seat belt.

Police say the driver, 20-year-old Meredith Browning, lost control of her 2001 Volvo, left the road and hit a telephone pole and several trees. Police say the car then crossed back across the road and came to rest in a ditch.

Before calling 911, police say Browning pulled her roommate, Christina Lauren Fraley, out of the back seat of the burning car.

Police say speed may have been a factor and are looking into whether or not alcohol was involved.

Cierra James' father and long-time fiance spoke off camera to 27 NEWSFIRST. They say James was a loving person with a bright future. They say she was a student at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, near UK's campus, with hopes of becoming a teacher. Her father is a staff member there. The BCTC community says this a loss that will be felt around the school.

They say the impact of the crash killed the 2005 Lafayette High School Graduate instantly.

Browning and Fraley were rushed to the UK Hospital. Browning has been treated and released. Fraley is listed in fair condition condition.


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