Two similar, deadly accidents in two days in Georgetown

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email
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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - It’s the second deadly accident caused by red-light runners on the same road in just two days.

A passenger was killed in a crash at the intersection of Lemons Mill Road and Bypass just before midnight Saturday night.

When police arrived, they found a similar scene to a crash nearby just two days earlier.

Police say Johnny Ray Allen was driving on Lemons Mill Road when he ran a red light causing a second car to crash into the passenger side, killing the passenger in Allen’s car.

Georgetown Police say the occupants in the second car only suffered minor injuries.

28-year-old Phillip Lee Burgess Jr. of Georgetown died from injuries suffered in the crash.

Allen was taken to the UK Medical Center for his injuries and that's where police arrested him and charged him with DUI and 2nd degree manslaughter.

This comes just one day after Tyler Knueppel, a ministry student, was charged with reckless homicide after police say he ran a red light on the same bypass and crashed into the side of Vicki Lynch's car--killing her on impact.

Georgetown Police say these back-to-back accidents are unusual to say the least.

“It's especially strange that we've had two fatal wrecks on the same stretch of road within two days. Normally within the city we get maybe two fatalities a year and that would even be uncommon,” said Sgt. Brian Moore with the Georgetown Police Department.

Officials hope the wrecks will serve as a wake up call for drivers and stress the importance of being alert and aware behind the wheel.

“Even if you have a green light, make sure no other cars are coming. Make sure you watch out for other drivers so pay attention,” Moore said.

The accident remains under investigation.

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