Alcohol Reported Factor In Fatal Crash

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (AP) - State police say a Tennessee man has been charged with D-U-I and murder following an Interstate 75 traffic crash that left a pregnant woman and a child dead.

Officers say a north-bound pickup crossed the median and struck three other vehicles in the southbound lanes just north of the Kentucky-Tennessee border at Williamsburg last night.

State Police Lieutenant Phil Crumpton says that one of the victims was pregnant and for that reason, her death and that of the fetus are counted as two of the fatalities. The identities of the victims have not been released. The driver of the pickup, 45-year-old Raymond Garner of Andersonville, Tennessee, was charged with three counts of murder, drunken driving and driving on a suspended license. State Police say one murder count stemmed from the death of the woman's unborn baby.

The three vehicles that were struck were carrying at least 14 people, including several youngsters. The injured were taken to hospitals in Kentucky and Tennessee. Garner was treated and released at a hospital and then taken to the Whitley County jail. Traffic was shut down in both directions after the crash, but I-75 is now open.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by ANN Location: MT.STERLING on Jul 11, 2007 at 07:14 AM
    THIS DRUNK DRIVING STUFF NEEDS TO STOP.IT'S KINDA STUPID LETTING THE BARS STAY OPEN LATER BUT YOU CAN'T SMOKE IN LEX. & OTHER CITIES.SMOKING HAS'NT KILLED ANYBODY BUT IT'S A SHAME PEOPLE KNOCK SMOKERS,BUT THEY HAVE SMOKING BANDS.WHAT IS IT GONNA TAKE TILL THEY CONTROL DRINKING LIKE THEY DO SMOKING.WHAT ARE PEOPLE THINKING? WE HAVE NO RIGHTS,NO FREEDOM,NOTHING. CLOSE THE BARS. LET SMOKERS HAVE THEIR RIGHTS.
  • by Jack Location: Pike County on Jul 11, 2007 at 06:07 AM
    It's one thing to say,"We're sorry", to the families who have lost loved ones to DUI accidents, but the solution is jail time for those who are caught the first time. At one time there was no 'work order", if you got caught, went to jail, and lost everything; it was your fault and you paid the price. What do these people have to fear now, you get arrested, so what, you get a "work order", do your time, and loose nothing. We have to stop being so lenient with these crimminals in order for this to stop.
  • by very concerned Location: Harlan. Ky. on Jul 10, 2007 at 08:50 PM
    My prayers are with the families and the other injuried ones, I just got back from the wake service of a family member that was hit by a DUI, He was on life support for 10 days in TN. When are we ever going to get this under control???? It's not safe to get in your vehicle and go down the road anymore, Because you don't know if the other drivers that share the road with you are over come with drugs or alcohal... It's past time for the people to do something about this.. We don't have enough law officers on the road to take care of this.. Some more action needs to be taken in this matter......
  • by Casey Location: Williamsburg on Jul 10, 2007 at 07:40 PM
    My prayers go out to the families of the victims and to the families whose loved ones are in the hospital. From the news reports that I have read, this was not the first time that Mr. Garner had driven while intoxicated. At the time of the accident he was driving on a suspended license. It always angers me to hear that someone has 2 or 3 drunk driving convictions and the only punishment they received is a fine and possibly a suspended license. Do you realize that the penalties for hunting without a license or killing a deer out of season can sometimes draw a bigger punishment than drunk driving? I think that the legal system is much too easy on DUI offenses. I like animals as much as the next person but this is ridiculous.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lily Ky on Jul 10, 2007 at 06:36 PM
    We need harsher penalties for DUI's. Instead of the slap on the wrist for as many as 3 or 4 offenses, the 1st offense should carry at least 2 years of jail time.
  • by Regina Location: Williamsburg on Jul 10, 2007 at 11:54 AM
    I live very close to the interstate where this accident took place. I am horrified to find out that a drunk driver took these lives with not so much as a thought to others for drinking and driving. My condolences to the families of the injured and the familes of the dead. May they put him away for a long time with life without parole he needs to remember his carelessness took two lives that havent even began yet and that of a mother.
  • by Anonymous Location: Kentucky on Jul 10, 2007 at 08:02 AM
    This is very sad! My heart goes out to the families who have lost a loved one. They guy who caused this doesn't need to be on the road ever again.

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