(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics indicate that 16 people died in sixteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, July 28 through Sunday, August 3. Twelve of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and nine of those victims were not wearing seat belts - the seat belt status of one victim has not been determined. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Allen, Bath, Boone, Christian, Floyd, Franklin, Grant (2), Graves (2), Jefferson and Magoffin counties. Three of these crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.
There were two ATV fatalities and both victims were not wearing helmets. The first ATV crash occurred in Perry County. The preliminary investigation indicates that the operator of the ATV, Donnie Stacy, age 14 of Chavies, attempted to pull onto the highway from a parking lot and pulled into the path of a passenger car. The operator of the passenger car slowed and attempted to avoid the collision but was unsuccessful and the two collided. The operator of the ATV was ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene by the Perry County Coroner's Office. The second crash occurred in Pike County when Police say Billy Jones, age 42, was riding his ATV on Kentucky Route 195, Marrowbone Creek Road, when his ATV dropped off an embankment. Jones was thrown from his ATV and died from his injuries. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in this crash.
A fatal motorcycle crash occurred in Calloway County and the victim was not wearing a helmet. A pedestrian fatality occurred in Madison County and alcohol was a factor in that death.
Through August 2, preliminary statistics indicate that 441 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 68 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 340 motor vehicle fatalities, 209 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 50 motorcycle fatalities, 30 were not wearing helmets. Thirteen people have been killed in ATV crashes and 12 of those were not wearing helmets. Thirty-six pedestrians have been killed. A total of 85 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.