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Violent crash kills one person in Morgan County

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

One person is dead and four others sent to the hospital in a violent crash in Morgan County.

Along Highway 519 in Morgan County, firefighters and authorities spent hours cleaning up a major wreck that sent four people to the hospital and left one man dead.

Kentucky State Police say according to a witness driving in front of the two cars hit on Highway 519, a black Dodge truck, driven by 18-year-old Brock Standafer of West Liberty, crossed the center line.

"He stated that he didn't know if the driver fell asleep or what had happened, but he was gradually coming over the center line. The witness stated he had got on the shoulder and barely avoided being hit and looked in his mirror and the black truck had hit two cars behind him", says Trooper Royce Collett.

The witness told authorities that the black truck initially hit a blue Hyundai SUV.

"He veered over into the northbound lane and never corrected back into the southbound lane. The witness stated he didn't know if he fell asleep, or passed out, or had a seizure or what, but he noticed it in the mirror", says Trooper Collett.

The vehicle that was hit was driven by Ronald Zavitz from Lexington. A maroon car driving behind the blue SUV was also hit by the Dodge truck.

"It actually overturned, slid onto its side, and appeared to be on its side when it struck the maroon car and overturned and rolled over the maroon car when it came to rest on its wheels", says Trooper Collett.

It took crews an hour to get the driver of the black truck, Brock Standafer, out before he was airlifted to UK Hospital.

It took almost just as long to get the man driving the blue SUV, Ronald Zavitz, out of his vehicle. He was killed in the crash.

There were two women and a child inside the maroon vehicle that was hit. They were all taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.


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