Alcohol suspected as factor in deadly wrong way crash

Police believe alcohol played a role in a deadly crash late Tuesday night on New Circle Road in Lexington.

It happened just after 11 p.m. in the inner loop between Tates Creek Road and Alumni Drive.

Police say Adam Leake, 24, was driving in the wrong direction with no headlights when he side-swiped one car and hit another car head-on. The driver of that car, 40-year-old Connie Layne, died.

The impact of the crash was so strong, police say it caused the engine and transmission from Leake's car to cross into the outer loop, where it hit another vehicle.

Layne, originally from Pike County, was a Lexington resident. Family members say she worked at an area hospital as a social worker, and was a loving person.

Layne's aunt, Garlene Layne-Abshire, says the family has a lot of questions as police continue to investigate the crash.

"Was (Leake) intoxicated? Why was he on New Circle going the wrong direction? Why did he not have his headlights on," Layne-Abshire says she wants to know.

"We're just clinging to God and that he'll give us comfort," Layne-Abshire said.

Leake, who is in fair condition at U.K. Hospital, has had prior run-ins with police. He was arrested in 2009 and 2010 for alcohol intoxication.

Police say charges could be pending in the case.


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