Charges Filed In Deadly I-75 Crash

According to Kentucky State Police at least three people are dead, and nine more people have been injured in a crash on Interstate 75 in Whitley County.

Police say Raymond Garner of Tennessee was heading northbound, when he lost control of his pick-up, crossed the median and hit three other vehicles. Investigators have now charged Garner with three counts of murder. State Police say he was drunk at the time of the crash.

Police tell 27 NEWSFIRST that 25-year-old Cindy Hass of Cleveland died in the crash. She was pregnant. Her unborn child also died.
We've also learned that 8-year-old Gus Pontikis of Illinois was killed.

Police tell 27 NEWFIRST 14 people in all were involved in the accident.
Dispatchers say most of the injured went to the University of Tennessee Hospital, while others went to UK, the Corbin Hospital, and the hospital in Jellico.

I-75 southbound was closed at the ten mile marker; just south of Williamsburg. Those lanes have since re-opened.

Now 27 NEWSFIRST has learned this isn't Garner's first DUI in Kentucky. Just recently he pleaded guilty in Clark County to driving under the influence.

According to court records Garner blew a .104 on a portable breath test back in March.

In May, he pleaded guilty to the charge and agreed to pay a $500 fine.
He was also ordered to undergo alcohol counseling and had his license suspended.

AP Story
WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (AP) - A pregnant woman from Cleveland (Ohio)
is one of at least two people killed in a crash on Interstate 75 in southern Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police say an out-of-control pickup truck crossed the median last night and struck three oncoming vehicles.

Twenty-five-year-old Cindy Haas was in one of them, a minivan that also carried five others from Cleveland. Haas was killed in the wreck, along with an eight-year-old boy from Illinois.

State police say several injured people were taken to hospitals in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Truck driver Raymond Garner of Andersonville, Tennessee, has been charged with drunken driving and three murder counts. One murder charge stems from the death of Haas's unborn baby.

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