Off-Duty Sheriff's Deputy Recovering After Serious Car Accident

An off-duty sheriff's deputy and his grandson are recovering after being involved in a crash this morning. It happened on US 27 in Lincoln County.

Traffic is moving again along Hall's Gap Hill after quite an experience for Deputy Bill Schnitzler. He says he was taking his grandson to school this morning when a car pulled out in front of him.

Deputy Schnitzler says he was going up Hall's Gap Hill, south on 27 when a car pulled out in front of him from 3249. That's when he says the impact somehow caused his car to turn around and speed backwards up the hill and into a ditch.

Both the deputy and his grandson had some scrapes, but both are expected to be OK. One person in the other car involved was taken to the hospital for what state police are calling non-life threatening injuries. Police say it can be common for cars to turn around and go the other way when hit when high speeds are involved. No charges are expected to be filed.

Highway 27 was closed for about an hour this morning while state police investigated and cleared the scene.


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  • by Steve Location: Carlisle on Aug 11, 2007 at 06:51 AM
    If he was on duty, why did he have his grandson in the car? Doing his chores on the county's dime.
  • by good ol boy Location: ky on Aug 10, 2007 at 02:06 PM
    too all those people reading this deputy schnitzler was not off duty he was on his way to work after he dropped his grandson off at school. but the other guy must not be able to read simple words like STOP on a road sign. my qustion to all involved in these comments. is how did the other guy get his drivers license? in kentucky if you cant read simple road signs you cant get your license.
  • by Dan on Aug 10, 2007 at 06:33 AM
    Officer Schnitzler was not off Duty. A Sheriff/Deputy Sheriff is on call 24/7. Also, whats the deal with the horrid Delay of WKYT.com making the posts. 1/2 of what you say they don't post and what they do post takes them over 12 hours.
  • by kelly Location: waynesburg on Aug 9, 2007 at 07:05 PM
    yes he was traveling that fast, just because the news aint reported it yet does not mean it aint true.taxpayers paying the gas bill to haul his grandson to school, don't the bus run by Bill's house? and yes taxpayers dollars will fix the car that the off duty cop doing off duty personal buisness was conducting. and yes i travel that road twice a day everyday.
  • by Bill Location: Kentucky on Aug 9, 2007 at 06:53 PM
    Paul keeps focusing on speed, but what about the other vehicle running a stop sign. STOP does not mean "spin tires on pavement." I'm curious if this is Paul's way of getting back at the deputy for a previous speeding ticket, etc. I know for a fact that Deputy Schnitzler is a certified professional and would never endanger the life of his grandson or anybody else. Everything I have seen and heard does not indicate the deputy to be at fault, but the evidence does show that the individual who ran the stop sign thus endangering the lives of others. Just being on the curious side, How is it you know what is on forms that are to be confidential until they are filed at Post? Inquiring minds really want to know.
  • by Dan on Aug 9, 2007 at 05:05 PM
    All I can say is check out the story at amnews.com. That is the local paper here, The Danville Advocate Messenger. It will clarify how little you know. Seems the other guy admitted that he didn't see the officer coming up the hill and pull out in front of him. Also, this is my 4th attempt to make this post, and I will continue to attempt to post it until posted. http://www.amnews.com/public_html/?module=displaystory&story_id=33641&format=html
  • by Dan Location: Kentucky on Aug 9, 2007 at 04:34 PM
    All I can say is check out the story at amnews.com. That is the local paper here, The Danville Advocate Messenger. It will clarify how little you know. Seems the other guy admitted that he didn't see the officer coming up the hill and pull out in front of him. Also, this is my 3rd attempt to make this post, and I will continue to attempt to post it until posted. http://www.amnews.com/public_html/?module=displaystory&story_id=33641&format=html
  • by Dan Location: Kentucky on Aug 9, 2007 at 03:52 PM
    This is all I can really say. I will just direct you to the Danville Advocate Messengers website, where todays story there reports that the other driver admitted to pulling out in front of Officer Bill Schnitzler because he didn't see him. Amnews.com Story Link: http://www.amnews.com/public_html/?module=displaystory&story_id=33641&format=html I have provided you with my facts, I'm still awaiting your facts to be presented to myself and the readers. Although, I highly doubt wkyt.com posting my reply, as they have posted only 1 of them. Like I said, so much for freedom of speech.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2007 at 03:10 PM
    Thats all very circumstantial and coincidental Paul. You live in Wisonsin
  • by Dan Location: Kentucky on Aug 9, 2007 at 02:45 PM
    To know the man involved and all six witnesses. Thats very coincidental don't you think? Living in Wisconsin and all. Have fun selling that line of gibberish, I believe I have enough for the time being. Have a great day there Paul.
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