Possible charges pending in Franklin County deadly crash

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - WKYT is working to learn more about a deadly crash in central Kentucky that killed a toddler.

The crash happened on I-64 near mile marker 56 in Franklin County. Officials say five people were inside the SUV when it crashed, and none of them were wearing seatbelts.

Franklin county sheriff says a blown tire led to the accident that killed a 2-year-old boy last night.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton says none of the four adults had a seatbelt on, and the boy was not in a carseat when the Ford Explorer's tire blew out sending the SUV into a rock wall.

The coroner has identified the boy who was killed as 2-year-old Jair Gutierrez. The boy's father, Jose Gutierrez was flown to UK hospital with life threatening injuries. The sheriff says one of the first bystanders on the scene was a nurse who pulled the boy from under the SUV and tried her best to save him, but he was just injured too badly.

Sheriff Pat Melton says, "I always try to look for the good in everybody. I think any time that you have tragedy or something really bad happen, there's always a hero there."

The sheriff says he'll be speaking with the county attorney to see if any charges will come. The sheriff says there have been four crashes in the past week near the 56 mile marker, and they plan to step up patrols in the area.


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