One dead, four arrested after car crash in Harrison County

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CYNTHIANA, Ky. - (WKYT) - On Sunday, five men took a drive on the wet roads of Highway 36 West--but it wasn't long before their joy ride took a turn for the worse.

“They ran off the right side of the road, hitting a tree, traveling on down the embankment, cutting a telephone pole in half and then the van flipping over on its top,” said Harrison County Sheriff Bruce Hampton.

Benjamin Rostro, Gerardo Rocha, Ramón Rubio, Reyneros Eduardo and one other man were entrapped in the car upside down in about 3 and a half feet of water.

“We were able to get four out safely. The 5th passenger was in the passenger seat in the front of the van with a seat belt on upside down. We think he drowned,” Hampton said.

The four men who made it out safely were initially taken to the hospital and then each of them was sent to jail.

The sheriff said Sunday’s wet weather played a part in the wreck but he said the bigger contributing factor was alcohol.

“They were all arrested for alcohol intoxication and one of them, the owner, was also arrested for no insurance,” Hampton said.

But officers haven't even been able to determine who was driving at the time of the crash because they say the four men claim that they don’t know.

To make matters worse, the men wouldn't tell officers the name of the 5th passenger who died. Deputies say they've handed over the investigation to Immigration Customs Enforcement.

The four men are currently being held in the Bourbon County Regional Detention Center.

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