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Driver charged in Woodford Co. crash that killed five year old

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Five-year-old Blake Cohorn was only in kindergarten but he made a big impression at Harrison Elementary School.

"He came in with bells on at the beginning of the year and made a couple of really good friends quickly," says Tammie Franks, the Principal at Harrison Elementary School.

It's not just Blake's Elementary School campus that now feels empty, those who live on his street in Lexington are also missing the five-year-old boy.

"I remember Blake, a couple of days ago coming over to my house, giving me a big ole hug and saying Bobby I love you. It's just really hard for me right now," says Bobby Marcier, a neighbor and close friend of the Cohorn's.

"He had a lot of pizzazz, a great big smile. Just a sweet kid," adds Franks.

Blake Cohorn died in a crash on US 60 in Woodford County Sunday night. Police tell WKYT that 26-year-old, Alfonso Diaz-Diaz was driving drunk heading the wrong way before crashing into the Cohorn vehicle head-on.

Principal Franks says that Blake's classmates will likely be asking questions about what happened. They plan to have a crisis team on campus to help with those tough answers.

Versailles Police have charges Alfonso Diaz-Diaz with second degree manslaughter, five counts of first degree assault, first degree wanton endangerment, driving under the influence, and no operator's license.

Blake's parents were both sent to UK hospital following the crash. Rocky Cohorn is listed in critical condition while Wendy Cohorn is in fair condition. The Cohorn's two other young children were involved in the crash but suffered from non-life threatening injuries.

Versailles Police say everyone involved in the wreck was wearing a seat belt.

Diaz-Diaz is also at UK and is now listed in fair condition.


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