Car crash kills teen, father arrested

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

A Laurel County teen has died after a car crash, and now her father is behind bars charged with murder.

Police say Robert Earl Hammons of London was under the influence when he crashed his car Sunday afternoon.

Investigators say he had just picked up his 13 year-old daughter, Destiney Hammons, and they were on their way to a family dinner when the crash happened.

Hammons was in the car with Destiney and his wife Kim Hammons, when police say he ran a red light and pulled into the intersection of Kentucky 192 and State Highway 229.

The car was struck on the passenger side by another car, sending the car into a spin and striking yet another car.

Destiney died from her injuries. Kim Hammons was rushed to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

Robert Hammons was taken to jail.

Police say he had been drinking and taking prescription medicine not prescribed to him.

Destiney attended South Laurel Middle School, where friends say she was a cheerleader.

School officials have been notified.

Police say Robert Hammons was already on parole for theft related charges. He is being held at the Laurel County Detention Center.

There is no word yet on Kim Hammons' condition. No one in the other two cars involved in the crash were injured.

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