Deadly Crash Shuts Down Busy Lexington Road

A deadly crash on busy New Circle Road this morning left the entire area shut down for hours as police worked to clean up the scene.

It happened just before eight Wednesday morning on New Circle Road between Nicholasville and Harrodsburg roads.

At least three other people were taken to the hospital, including two children.

Police say a Dodge Durango driving on the outer loop crossed the median onto the inner loop. Several cars swerved to get out of the way

Police say a late model Altima, driven by 26-year old Sima Maiti, couldn't react fast enough and was hit head on. Maiti died at the scene.

Three people in the Durango were injured and transported.

A third car was scraped, but the driver is fine according to people at the scene.

The road remained shut down most of the morning. All lanes reopened at around 12:30 in the afternoon.

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  • by Rahul Location: Louisville on Apr 20, 2008 at 11:55 AM
    The Durango driver was speeding, driving recklessly, and giving people negative gestures according to witnesses and lexington police. He should be charged and sent to jail for killing those kid's school nurse. How awful?? those kids loved their school nurse. This type of behavior/road rage is not acceptable. This has nothing to do with Dodge, it has to do with the Durango driver. The only defective part is the Durango driver's brain. It needs to be replaced with something much smarter, something that has a college degree perhaps.
  • by Orlando Location: Louisville on Apr 19, 2008 at 06:09 PM
    Reading Travis's comments: Looks like he made the Durango driver angry, perhaps a cell phone call which made him angry??
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington, KY on Jun 6, 2007 at 12:16 PM
    Does anyone have updates? Has the driver been charged? Is he being sued? He should take responsibility.
  • by tapen sinha Location: cincinnati, oh on May 25, 2007 at 08:26 AM
    This is a blatant example of reckless non-sensical drivings by maniacs. We often face these people on busy highways and not so busy roads. It is very unfortunate that in an advanced country like USA no such system exists to catch and punish the culprits for their mistakes. In this case a precious life is lost and the culprit was pointed out. But often these culprits go unnoticed from law enforcements and easily get away with their crimes. This kind of crimes should be given the first priority as the motive for these people are just plain fun. They think they own the road along with the people on it. Its high time they start making mandatory rules on civic driving. sincerely Tapendra P Sinha Cincinnati, OH
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on May 11, 2007 at 08:44 AM
    Dodge needs to be sued. A lawsuit surely should be in the works.
  • by LD Location: Champaign on May 9, 2007 at 10:59 AM
    Travis, I would appreciate it if you could send me all the info regarding this car problem. Thanks (edited) (please do not post personal information in in comments)
  • by Tavis Location: Lexington on May 1, 2007 at 08:50 PM
    No,there is not going to be charges against the driver. The accident was directly attributed to a problem that dodge decided not to make a recall on despite the fact that there have been several wrecks nationwide which resulted in the loss of one of more lives. The driver of the durango made a lane change and unfourtunatly it was the time that the defective part broke, he was not over the speed limit nor distracted by anything (phone or stereo). LD if you read this I would be more than happy to email you the exact number of wrecks and the full details of each of them. Like I stated in the comment before,this was a horrific accident, it has been investigated and proven beyond a doubt that it is exactly that. Robby, I do understand that people are angry and hurt, there is nothing worse that a phone call at 745 am tell you that your children have just been involved in a car wreck, and the suv that they were driving to school in hit a car head on, flipped and killed someone. I assure you that I hope you never have to go thru that like I did. I am the father of the 9 year old twins that were in the durango. And trust me if anyone was to ever want to be angry and point fingers it was me. The only saving grace for me was that the driver, was responsible enough to have my children buckled in. So yea I understand.
  • by Samir Location: CA on Apr 30, 2007 at 02:44 PM
    Sima was always full of life and a truly sweet person. My prayers are with the Maiti family. The individual behind the Durango should definitely pay for this. I hope everyone driving on New Circle keeps a watchful eye as there are always lunatics going way too fast there.
  • by P Location: Lexington on Apr 30, 2007 at 01:11 PM
    I was at the memorial service on Saturday. The family did a great job with the memorial, and the turnout was excellent. The service was absolutely touching,and the stories of Sima were just so warm. She touched so many lives. God Bless to the Maiti family. PS: Outstanding job Richard, Sima couldn't have asked for a better memorial.
  • by Amanda Location: LEX on Apr 30, 2007 at 12:53 PM
    Well I heard that the city/state will not press any charges against the Durango driver. What a shame. I still feel it's manslaughter, and someone should pay for this horrific event.


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