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Wrong-way driver dies on I-64

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A collision involving a wrong-way driver on I-64 in Scott County has left one dead.

It happened around 3am Sunday morning, not far from the Fayette County line at mile marker 70 on I-64.

The Scott County Sheriff’s office says they had received several reports of a white minivan traveling the wrong way, but by the time they were able to catch up with him it was too late.

Officials say the semi-truck attempted to avoid the van and was struck mainly on the passenger front wheel, overturning the semi in the median.

The driver of the van, 19-year-old Zachery Riley, was thrown from his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by Scott County Coroner John Goble. Riley was not wearing a seatbelt.

"It's very sad, you know?" Sgt. Mike Caudill of the Scott County Sheriff's Office said. "Nineteen years old and had the rest of his life to live if he'd done the proper thing and gone the right way."

The driver of the semi truck was uninjured.

Friends of Riley's step-mother, Wendy Riley, said the minivan Zachary had been driving was hers. They say she is a long time employee of the Kroger store in town and other employees are trying to ban together to help her.

Some of those employees say Zachary had moved back to Kentucky with her help just last week and that the family had been enjoying their time together.

Accident reconstruction and clean-up crews had the westbound lanes of I-64 shut down for several hours Sunday morning.

The collision remains under investigation pending toxicology reports.

Lecompte Johnson Taylor Funeral home in Frankfort is handling the funeral arrangements.

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