KSP: ATV Fatalities Top Highway Death Toll Last Week

(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.


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  • by 4wheeling4life Location: Turkey Foot Ky on Aug 6, 2008 at 10:52 AM
    2 Atv deaths and 14 in car wrecks.Seems the anti ATV people need to look at the real results there! 14 is more than 2 or the way i got it counted it is!People would wear their helmets and seat belt the numbers would be lower.Less than 3 seconds to die in a car or ATV!Less than 30 seconds to strap on a helmet less time for the seatbelt.The 3/30 rule does work if people used their head!It says NO ONE UNDER 16 SHOULD OPERATE AN Atv on the Atv. Guess we cant read here in Ky can we or dont care.I have rode Atvs for over 20yrs and yes ive crashed and burned a few times had a HELMET on a walked away from it[little loss of hide though].My point Im trying to make if you ride a cycle or Atv wear a hemet if you drive buckle up.Like we say on the trail protect that head or you may be dead!And stay off the road ATV riders they are OFF ROAD VEHICLES not cars.AND 90% OF ATV riders DO NOT USE DRUGS OR ALCOHOL just the 10% that are truthfully fools do DONT knock us all because of few!
  • by Bill on Aug 5, 2008 at 05:40 AM
    ATVs are sold in many case's as toys,to be played with.But,I and many more use them to work thier farms.Strickly utility vec.s ATVs are impossible to control at high speeds.They have allso become a way to beat high gas prices.Many folks now use them to do everyday chores such as going to the store.
  • by bil on Aug 4, 2008 at 05:28 PM
    Atv's are a tool, just like a saw or or a hammer. use either one of those wrong and you'll get hurt too...
  • by Hope Location: Southeast on Aug 4, 2008 at 04:02 PM
    How many are minors? How many are not wearing helmets? How many are not riding off-road? How many are riding on paved roads to get to their destinations? How many are riding more than one person? How many are showing-off/taking thrill risk? How many have to die before something is done?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2008 at 03:36 PM
    I think the parents of these kids should be prosecuted. The law says one must be 16 to operate an ATV, this kid was only 14. That sounds like neglect to me!
  • by me on Aug 4, 2008 at 12:53 PM
    Ok what is with the helmet. How many of you ride motorcycles. It doesn't require a helmet. No one says anything about a helmet when you are killed on a motorcyle and not wearing one. You know if it needs to be inforced one way it needs to be inforced another. ????????????????
  • by garner Location: dean on Aug 4, 2008 at 12:30 PM
    who is going to enforce a helmet law when they are off road??? most of the accidents involve drugs anyway.
  • by jack Location: paintsville on Aug 4, 2008 at 11:59 AM
    I have 1 question. How many of the 340 motor vehicle victims were wearing helmets?
  • by Me Location: U.S.A. on Aug 4, 2008 at 11:06 AM
    Mandatory helmet laws would help save lives!
  • by Rick Location: Letcher County on Aug 4, 2008 at 09:04 AM
    It is trajic to hear of ATV fatalities when most of them could be prevented by requiring helments and enforcing the laws to keep them off the highways. Also, insurance should also be required to help pay for the injuries and damage all these accidents cause. There have been 13 fatalities on ATV's this year so far in Kentucky, compared to only two coal mine deaths. Yet the coal industry comes under so much scrutiny and criticism every time a fatality occurs. Why not get the same negative press on ATV manufacturers and dealers. Also, they need to be registered to allow law enforcement to track and recover stolen ATV's. The chances of recovering a stolen ATV now is almost nill.
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