Two Impaled In Mercer County Crash

HARRODSBURG, KY -- A crash in Mercer County caused two people to be impaled by a fence and is expected to lead to criminal charges for the driver, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader in its Saturday edition.

Around 8 p.m. Thursday, 18 year-old Samuel Oates of Lawrenceburg was driving south on Curry Pike in Harrodsburg when he lost control of the 1998 Chrysler Concorde.

Two passengers, 17-year-old Elizabeth Burke and 21-year-old Lou Anne Shearer, both of Harrodsburg, were thrown from the vehicle, authorities said in a statement, reports the Herald-Leader.

The two were thrown around 20 feet down a fence row and were impaled multiple times, police said. The vehicle, with Oates inside, rolled three or four times. He sustained serious injuries, reports the newspaper.

Mercer County police said Oates was driving on a suspended license, and he will be charged in criminal court. A pet dog in the car was also seriously injured.

The three people were taken to James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital in Harrodsburg. Oates and Shearer were later transported to University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, where they are both in serious condition, a spokeswoman said Friday night. Burke's location and condition is unknown, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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  • by Kim Location: Eastern KY on Jul 6, 2008 at 08:19 PM
    I totally agree sometimes the media misleads the public... and sometimes they dont have all the facts,not even near all of them or most of them are wrong.Dont ask ems or rescue they cant tell you.Ask the police officer,but then your not guaranteed anything,dont ask bystanders who havent seen everything about that wreck.There are things that you dont see if your not emergency personal on do not assume....Thanks to all emergency service workers especially the ones who volunteer their time and do not get paid!
  • by fnord Location: Lexington on Jul 6, 2008 at 09:55 AM
    so sad that young lives can be destroyed so quickly....very sad
  • by Bill on Jul 6, 2008 at 05:42 AM
    Hangem High is the thing ky. law enforcement likes.Send a kid to jail is the way HUH.We need to flush Ky. of this ,no ones worth a dam but me democrats.
  • by What Location: Richmond on Jul 5, 2008 at 04:38 PM
    @HL Location: KY I dont know the facts about this crash, but a few years back a local man shot into the ground beside another man. Due to neighbors saying what ever got them on the news the hospital 1st recieved info from the cops they where recieving a man with guns shots to his legs. Needless to say they were glass cuts from falling on broken glass while runnin away from the shooter.
  • by bob Location: lexington on Jul 5, 2008 at 03:55 PM
    Buckle up !!!
  • by Buckle Up Kids! Location: Lexington on Jul 5, 2008 at 12:58 PM
    Yet another example of why it is so important to buckle up. You are not invincible, and you can't be thrown from a car if you are buckled into it. So, drive safe and buckle your seatbelt!!!
  • by HL Location: KY on Jul 5, 2008 at 10:11 AM
    Interesting how the only part of this story that is true is that they wrecked into a fence post... As a healthcare worker it never ceases to amaze me how wrong the HL always gets these stories and misleads the public!!


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