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Ministry student charged with causing woman's death


SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A ministry student has been charged following a Scott County crash that killed a woman.

The crash happened around 1:30 at the intersection of McClelland Drive and Finley Drive in Georgetown Friday afternoon.

49-year-old Vickie Carol Lynch of Georgetown was killed.

Now, police have charged the man behind the wheel, 22 year old Tyler Knueppel with causing her death.

Tyler Knueppel is a ministry student from Wisconsin and we're told he was visiting Georgetown on an evangelical mission trip but that trip took a tragic turn Friday.

Georgetown Police say Knueppel was driving a Bluegrass Baptist Church van when he ran a red-light on McClelland Circle causing him to t-bone a car driven by 49-year-old Vickie Lynch.

Lynch was pronounced dead on the scene.

A police citation states that the van Knueppel was driving did not leave brake marks or avoidance marks--indicating that he was not watching the roadway in front of him.

Just hours after the accident, Knueppel was arrested at the Bluegrass Baptist Church on Paris Pike and charged with reckless homicide.

He was booked at the Scott County Detention Center but he bailed out around 7:30 Saturday night on a $20,000 bond.

There was one passenger in the van with Knueppel but he told police that he didn't see anything until the crash happened.

So now police are still trying to piece the details together which is proving to be quite a challenge.

Georgetown Police are urging any witnesses to come forward.

According to the "Minuteman Ministries website,” Tyler Knueppel is a senior at Baptist College of Ministry.

He is studying to be an evangelist.


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