(FRANKFORT, KY) - Preliminary statistics indicate that sixteen people died in twelve separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, April 20 through Sunday, April 26, 2009.
Ten of the crashes involved motor vehicles and seven of those victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of five victims is still undetermined at this time. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Adair, Bullitt, Clay, Clinton, Edmonson, Lincoln, Metcalfe and Perry counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in two of the crashes.
One double-fatality occurred on US 150, 6 miles west of Springfield. A Chevrolet driven by Cortney Jones, Age 19, of Bardstown, Ky. was traveling Westbound when she veered into the eastbound lane of US 150 and struck a 1992 Mazda which was driven by Barbara Walker, Age 72, of Harrodsburg, Ky. Ms. Walker was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Washington County Coroner. A passenger in the Walker vehicle, Martin Walker III, Age 72, of Harrodsburg, Ky., was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased by the Jefferson County Coroners Office for injuries sustained in the collision.
A quadruple-fatality occurred on Lake Road approximately 2.5 miles from Carlisle when a Chevy Camera, driven by Mr. William Robert Hughes, age 20, of Carlisle struck a Honda Accord, driven by Mr. Jerome B. Hicks, age 53, of Cincinnati. Mr. Hughes was attempting to pass a pickup truck and struck Mr. Hicks traveling in the opposite direction. Mr. Hicks, along with his two passengers; 19 year old Mr. Charles L. Hicks, and 18 year old Ms. Mary N. Willcut, who was approximately 7 months pregnant, all from Cincinnati were pronounced dead at the scene.
Two motorcycle crashes occurred in Floyd and Owen counties. One of the victims was wearing a helmet.
Through April 26, preliminary statistics* indicate that 220 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is three fewer than reported for the same time period in 2008. Of the 189 motor vehicle fatalities, 107 victims were not wearing seat belts. Thirteen pedestrians have been killed. Sixteen fatalities involved a motorcycle and two fatalities involved an ATV. A total of fifty-one fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.
*These statistics are still preliminary as KSP waits for all local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to report any crashes and fatalities that may have occurred in their areas>